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Author Archive: Constantin Ardeleanu

Constantin Ardeleanu is research fellow at Utrecht University within the ERC funded project “Securing Europe”. As such, he focuses on the maritime Danube and its contribution to the establishment of a European security culture in the nineteenth century. Ardeleanu is also associate professor of modern Romanian history at the Department of History, Philosophy and Sociology of “The Lower Danube” University of Galaţi, where he teaches courses on 19th century Romanian history and the economic development of the Danubian and Black Sea areas during the 19th and 20th centuries. His latest book is titled “International Trade and Diplomacy at the Lower Danube: the Sulina Question and the Economic Premises of the Crimean War, 1829–1853 (Brăila, 2014).

Security in times of plague and cholera

With the transportation revolutionin the nineteenth century infectious diseases travelled the world at an accelerated pace, and authorities used quarantines to contain, as much as possible, pandemic flows. In the 1830s, South–Eastern Europe witnessed the almost concomitant attacks of plague and cholera pandemics. This blog looks at how security measures against these transnational threats affected…

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Fishing in Troubled Waters

The Lipovan fishermen communities of the Danube Delta have faced geopolitical and environmental challenges, their fate is that of a local population whose human security is at stake.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Black Sea

As Russia, NATO, Georgia and Ukraine are currently all flexing their military muscles, the Black Sea witnesses an escalation of tensions. These tensions can only be understood as part of the region’s tormented history.

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Buridan’s Ass and its Historical Traumas

The political situation of the small post-Soviet Republic of Moldova has worsened in 2015, following disputes in the pro-European coalition that has been governing the country since 2009. This blogpost discusses the historical roots of this conflict and analyses why Moldova’s choice is such a difficult one.

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