Nicolae Iorga

Politician

1871 – 1940

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Who was Nicolae Iorga?

Nicolae Iorga was a Romanian historian, politician, literary critic, memoirist, poet and playwright. Co-founder of the Democratic Nationalist Party, he served as a member of Parliament, President of the Deputies' Assembly and Senate, cabinet minister and briefly as Prime Minister. A child prodigy, polymath and polyglot, Iorga produced an unusually large body of scholarly works, consecrating his international reputation as a medievalist, Byzantinist, Latinist, Slavist, art historian and philosopher of history. Holding teaching positions at the University of Bucharest, the University of Paris and several other academic institutions, Iorga was founder of the International Congress of Byzantine Studies and the Institute of South-East European Studies. His activity also included the transformation of Vălenii de Munte town into a cultural and academic center.

In parallel with his scientific contributions, Nicolae Iorga was a prominent right-of-center activist, whose political theory bridged conservatism, nationalism and agrarianism. From Marxist beginnings, he switched sides and became a maverick disciple of the Junimea movement.

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Born
Jan 17, 1871
Botoșani
Also known as
  • Nicu N. Iorga
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Children
Religion
  • Romanian Orthodox Church
Nationality
  • Romania
Profession
Education
  • University of Leipzig
  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Employment
  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Lived in
  • Botoșani
Died
Nov 27, 1940
Târgșoru Vechi

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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