From elaborating prosopographies to the sociology of elites


CNCS-UEFISCDI project number PN II-RU PD-425/2010



© 2010-2016. Vlad Popovici


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© 2010-2016. Vlad Popovici



This project opened as a research on the political history of the Romanians that lived in Hungary between 1867 and 1918, starting with the prosopographical study of their political elite. This term included both de elite of the national movement (board-members of the national parties) and the pro-government elite, Parliament members from Hungarian parties and other government high-officials. These last categories were until now banned in historiography, being considered “traitors”, or “renegades”, so to study them was a grasping necessity.

The project aimed a double target. First, we intended to construct the largest and most complex database (catalogue) containing the Romanian politicians which activated in dualist Hungary. We have estimated their number at approximately 180-200, in the end we have identified 226 persons. We have gathered as much information as we have found on each of them, and some of this information is available in our books and papers (see the “Scientific results” page of this site. We intend to expend the databases in the years to come, until the point of having a sole unified database of all the Romanians from Hungary involved in political activities.

Using such research tool we aimed at the second major objective of our research, the sociological analysis of the Romanian political elite from Hungary, concentrating on topics such as: socio-professional structure, age and the sequence of the elite generations, the geographical distribution of the elite, the inner power struggle, the role played by blood and in-laws, strategies of elite reproduction etc.