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02 April 2020

Aspects of Urban Life in the Romanian Principalities as Surmised by Pre-1848 French Consuls and Voyagers: Cities of Walachia (I)

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Aspects of Urban Life in the Romanian Principalities as Surmised by Pre-1848 French Consuls and Voyagers: Cities of Walachia (I)

The reports of French travellers and consuls present a major source of great interest for the reconstruction of urban life in the Principalities. In most of these accounts, Romanian cities and villages at the end of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth are described as being inferior to the settlements of Western Europe. As products of the French urban environment, French travellers and consuls often had brought certain pre-conceptions with them when they arrived in the Romanian Principalities, and therefore understood the realities encountered there somewhat negatively. Their visits to Romanian capitals and other urban settlements led these French observers many political, economic, cultural and psychological observations.

Source: Epure V.-A. (2018) Aspects of Urban Life in the Romanian Principalities as Surmised by Pre-1848 French Consuls and Voyagers: Cities of Walachia (I). Terra Sebus. Acta Musei Sabesiensis. 10. 2018: 201-223

Source web-site: https://www.cclbsebes.ro/docs/Sebus_10_2018/09_VA_Epure.pdf

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