A Providential Anti-Semitism: Nationalism and Polity in by William O. Oldson

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Petll1'1l indtpenden(A, IX, ;67; 30 A PrwidrntiJll Anti-Semitism the last and most unequivocal statement conveyed to them before the Congress. Obviously it ran in the face of Great Power purposes. Similarly the Romanians had also been made aware by the Italian government that the demand for neutrality, and with it the coveted freedom from armies transiting their territory, remained a forlorn hope. Js What the Romanians were probably not as well steeled for was the imbroglio over anti-jewish disabilities, although the Italians had also alerted them to humanitarian sensitivities in this regard on the part of the major European states.

Rax (Radu Rosetti I. [Bucarest: I. V. Socecu, •90J). ,d1ng up to World War I. They certainly expli· cate the depth of Moldavian anti-Jewish sentiment a_nd the disproportionate repre-sentation of inhabitants ol that provinc:e among the anti·Semitic intelligentsia. 7 pem>nt respecti\'ely (pp. ,, }l, &: 38). More startling still from the Romanian perspective were the percentages (or the population of la$i. 2 percent by 1899 (pp. w). Interestingly also, ~mx like his anti-Semitic predecessors at the time of inde-pendence continued to maintain that this Jewish population consisted ah:nost entirely oi immigrants from Russia.

Sadly, he would be proved all too prescient on this point. But in 1878, before the opening session of the Congress, Bismarck's commitment to exercise the full weight of Germany's diplomatic influence to this end seemed to promise success. Unfortunately, Romania's obduracy would be underestimated as would the ingenuity of the anti-Semitic intelligentsia of that nation . For in the beginning of this diplomatic struggle linking Romanian independence and full civil rights for the Jews, even giving lip service to equality stuck in the throats of the fervent anti-Sernites.

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