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Change and continuity:

the public administration and the civil servants’ corps from Transylvania before and after the First World War (1910-1925)


Research project financed by UEFISCDI Romania

through the research grant PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0390

Contract no. 128/2017



Results and deliverables

(January - September 2019)



The intermediary scientific report (July 2017-September 2019) can be downloaded here.



Lukáš Fasora, Ewald Hiebl, Judit Pál, Petr Popelka (Hg.), Elitenforschung in der Geschichtedes 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Erfahrungen und methodisch-theoretische Inspirationen, LIT Verlag, 2019, 200 p. (Mitteleuropäische historische Perspektiven/ Central European Historical Perspectives, Bd. 2), ISBN 978-3-643-50920-8 (in print).


Judit Pál (coord.), Andrei-Florin Sora, Vlad Popovici, Florina Sas (editori), Timea Longaver, Csaba Horváth (colaboratori), Cadrul legislativ al administrației din Transilvania 1914-1925, Cluj-Napoca, Mega, 2019, ISBN 978-606-020-128-1 (in print).


Andrei-Florin Sora, Florina Sas (editori), Lungul drum spre primul statut al funcționarilor publici din România: deziderate, (ante)proiecte, legislație, opinii și dezbateri, 1918-1923, Cluj-Napoca, Mega, 2019, ISBN 978-606-020-127-4 (in print).


Judit Pál, Andrei-Florin Sora, Vlad Popovici (editori), Servitorii statului și societatea românească, a collection of 25 papers written by Romanian scholars with interest in the history of the civil service, to be published in mid-2020.



Papers in journals

Judit Pál, The System of Government Commissioners during the First World War and the Organization of the Government High Commissioners Office in Transylvania, in „Studia Universitatis „Babeș-Bolyai”, Series Historica,” 2018, nr. 2, p. 62-98.


Andrei Florin Sora, Primii funcționari din Vechiul Regat în Basarabia (27 martie – 27 noiembrie 1918), in „Anuarul Institutului de Istorie 'A.D. Xenopol'”, an LV, 2018, p. 267-286.


Andrei Florin Sora, Funcţionarii publici „regăţeni” în noile provincii ale României Mari, 1918-1925, in „Studii şi Articole de Istorie”, nr. LXXXVI (2019), p. 78-92.


Vlad Popovici, Funcționarii din administrație și justiție delegați la Marea Adunare Națională de la Alba Iulia (1 decembrie 1918), in „Revista de Istorie a Moldovei”, 2018, 4 (116), p. 73-86.



Book chapters

Judit Pál, Research on High Hungarian Officials in the Dual Monarchy: the Case of Transylvanian Lord-Lieutenants. In: Franz Adlgasser – Fredrik Lindström (eds.): The Habsburg Civil Service and Beyond: Bureaucracy and Civil Servants from the Vormärz to the Inter-War Years. Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2019, p. 149−166. (Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Klasse im Verlag der ÖAW, Band 892, ISBN 978-3-7001-8137-8.


Judit Pál, Vlad Popovici, The Transformation of the Mid-level Civil Servants’ Corps in Transylvania in the Aftermath of the First World War: The High Sheriffs between 1918 and 1925, in vol. The Great Transformation. Administrative Personnel in the Successor States of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1918−1920, Böhlau Verlag, Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, 2020 (in print)


Andrei Florin Sora, “What country doesn’t have its traitors?”: Debating the concepts of “traitor” and “collaboration” in Romanian society, 1916-1922, in Bogdan Murgescu, Ioana Pintilie (coord.), World War I and Beyond: Human Tragedies, Social Challenges, Scientific and Cultural Responses, Universitätsverlag WINTER (Heidelberg), 2020 (in print)


Vlad Popovici, Cojocna, in Bogdan Murgescu, Andrei Florin Sora (coord.), România Mare votează: alegerile parlamentare din 1919 „la firul ierbii”, Iași, Polirom, 2019 (in print).



Conveners and discussants at scientific events

18-21 March 2020, Leiden, De/professionalization of Political and Administrative Elites: Historical Turning Points in the 19th and 20th Centuries, panel (5 papers) at European Social Science History Conference 2020, University of Leiden [convenors: J. Pál, V. Popovici].



Scientific events attended

Judit Pál, Stadtentwicklung und Infrastruktur in den siebenbürgischen Städten im Zeitalter des Dualismus − „Symbols of Modernity. International workshop”, University of Rzeszow, 15-16 May 2019.


Vlad Popovici, Competing clichés: the attitude towards work as indicative of modernisation for rural Romania in the long nineteenth century, Symbols of Modernity, International Workshop, 15-16 May 2019, University of Rzeszow.


Vlad Popovici, Elita administrativă și jocurile memoriei istorice. Studiu de caz: Consiliul Dirigent și corpul prefecților din Transilvania anilor 1919-1920, International Conference „România după Marea Unire”, Academia Română. Institutul de Istorie „George Bariț” din Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, 22-23 May 2019.


Judit Pál, The end of the First World War and the change of the administrative elite in Transylvania − Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences − hosted by University of British Columbia, Vancouver (panel: Hungarian Studies Association of Canada) – 1−3 June 2019.


Judit Pál, The Final Days of the Representative Body: the Cessation of the Transylvanian Diet at the Middle of the 19th Century − 71st Conference of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions – ICHRPI − Parliament of the Principality of Andorra − Andorra – 16−18 July 2019.


Judit Pál, Vlad Popovici, Societal cooperation as a prerequisite for railway building in Transylvania before 1918, The Railway Journey from the 19th to the 21st Centuries, Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca, 12-14 September 2019.


Judit Pál, Öffentliche Verwaltung und die Integration Siebenbürgens in Rumänien nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg − „The Frustrated Peace? The Versailles Treaty and its Political, Social and Economic Impact on Europe” – Czech Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic − Praga – 26−27 September 2019.












































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