An American in Paris, a Romanian in Bucharest – Background

A Little Bit of Background

After over two months, I have finally returned home, suitcases full of books, photocopies, and digital records collected during my time abroad. During my ten days in France and six weeks in Romania, my research led me through two old European capitals – Paris and Bucharest – and to their crown jewels of national libraries, but it also led me to the banlieue of Carrieres-sur-Seine, marked by La Defense on the horizon. It led me to the towns of Brasov, Varatec, Busteni, and Sinaia nestled in the Romanian Carpathians. It led me through small streets and book shops, to both academic journals as well as popular press books intended to bring the issue of the EU’s future to the very citizens who would be living it out.

[Read more…]