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2007
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2009
2010

Romanian Family in Transylvania
between Church and State Constraints:
from Tradition to Modernisation (1850-1900)

Project objectives:

The objectives that the current research proposes gravitate around the following aspects:
  1. The compiling for the first time in Romania of a compendium of documents legislating marriage, family life, and divorce, with Transylvanian Romanians in the latter half of the nineteenth century. This objective will be accomplished by means of the follwoing:
    • the identification in archives and libraries in the country and abroad of all relevant documents of legislative-normative character drafted by the Orthodox and Greek-Orthodox church in Transylvania between 1850-1900, documents pertaining to the family institution (newsletters, books, Codes, etc.);
    • the identification in archives and libraries across Romania and abroad of all relevant documents of leglislative-normative character drafted by the Austrian and then Hungarian state between 1850-1900, documents pertaining to the family institution and matrimonial problems.
  2. The compiling of an anthology of unpublished memorialistic texts and documents regarding the family life cycle with Transylvanian Romanians between 1850-1900. This objective will be accomplished by means of the following:
    • the study of genuine matrimonial behaviour of the Romanian population in Transylvania with reference to the extant legislative framework, through research conducted in libraries and archival sources in the country and abroad.
  3. The compiling of a themed reader focusing on the formation and dissolution of family in the Romanian Transylvanian village in modern age. This objective can be faccomplished by means of the following:
    • the interpreting of the historical sources compiled from the point of view of seasonal cycles of marriage, endo- and/or exogamy, the attitude of state, church and the community to the violation of prescribed moral norms, mixed marriages, rates of divorce, etc. The volume will benefit from original contributions by specialists outside the research team.