P. P. Carp’s Germanophilia [Germanofilia lui P. P. Carp]

P. P. Carp’s Germanophilia [Germanofilia lui P. P. Carp]

ecturer Ph.D. Candidate Silvia BOCANCEA

In the public conscience as well as in specialized literature, P.P. Carp, the conservative political man, appears as one of the most vehement „Germanophiles” in modern Romania, an attitudinal immobility which had supposedly ruined his perception on the course of history. According to the perspective-oriented interpretation, the “Germanophilia” of the Romanian conservative was not based on love but on Calculus. A realist assessment of the behavior adopted by the great powers of the international scene showed him that the security and even the existence of the modern Romanian state would have been possible only if the major interests of the neighbouring empires (especially the Russian one) had been baffled. His “Russophobia”, an unsentimental attitude, made him plead in favor of an alliance with Western states such as France and Germany. Calculus also justified his attitude towards the objective of accomplishing the union of the Romanian states (in 1918), which he did not reject, but only postponed. “Germanophilia”, just as “Russophobia” were expressions of a principle which guided his entire activity: the exclusion of feeling from politics (foreign and domestic).

Keywords: Germanophilia, Russophobia, realism, rationalism, national security, perspectivism.



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