President of the Section
Full Member
University Professor Al. I. Cuza, Iasi, PhD supervisor.
Specialization: history of medieval Romanian art and cultural interferences in Southeast Europe.
Areas of scientific competence: evolution of Romanian and universal art; interior and exterior painting and architecture of art monuments in the north of Moldova.
References: CV

Valentin CIORBEA
Full Member
PhD Professor at the Faculty of History and Political Science, “Ovidius” University.
Specialization: HISTORY
Fields of scientific competence: modern and contemporary Romanian and world history; modern and contemporary history of Dobrogea; history of the Navy; history of the relations between the Orthodox Church and the Romanian Army.
Outstanding scientific achievements:  The evolution of Dobrogea between 1918 and 1944. Contributions to the knowledge of geopolitical, economic, demographic, naval, political and military problems, Ex Ponto Publishing House, Constanța, 2005, 556 p., “Mihail Kogălniceanu” Prize awarded by the Romanian Academy in 2007 for this volume.  Founded the Centre for Research on the Cooperation of the Orthodox Church with the Romanian Army “General Paul Teodorescu” and the magazine Missione. Since 2016 it has been operating under the aegis of A.O.Ș.R.  Romanian History, Vol. II, Tom II. From Independence to the Great Union (1878-1918), 2nd edition, revised and added. (Coord. Acad. Dan Berindei and others), Editura Științifică, București, 2015 (co-author).  Rear-Admiral Horia Macellariu (1894-1989): Autobiographies from Dungeon. Miscellanea, Publishing House of the Romanian Academy of Scientists, Bucharest, ISBN 978-606-8636-20-7, 2016. The volume was awarded the “Aurel Sacerdoțeanu” prize of the Romanian Academy of Scientists. Special Vice-Admiral “Ioan Bălănescu” Award in the field of naval history, maritime and fluvial geography and the Plaque of the Admirals Club for this volume. Important publications: 46 books published in national and foreign publishing houses, 6 international conferences published in volumes.
References: CV

Mihai-Dorin DRECIN
Full Member

Professor, University of Oradea.
Specialization: Modern Universal History, Modern Romanian History
Areas of expertise: contemporary Romanian history, history of Romanian national economy, history of Romanian secret services.
References: CV

Stefan Sorin GOROVEI
Full Member

Senior Scientific Researcher I at the Romanian Academy – Iasi Branch, University Professor Al. I. Cuza, Iasi, PhD supervisor.
Specialization: history of the Romanian Middle Ages.
Areas of scientific expertise: political, social, cultural history; genealogy – history of great families; clans, authorities, powers; public and private heraldry; sigillography; history of cities – urban patricians; ecclesiastical history; historiography.
References: CV

Corneliu-Mihail LUNGU
Full Member

Professor, University of Craiova and Spiru Haret University.
Specialisation: history and archival.
Fields of scientific competence: history of foreign relations and legal status of the Romanian Principalities in the modern era; archival legislation; management and constitution of archival documents; preservation and restoration of archival documents; archival management.
References: CV

Gheorghe ONIȘORU
Full Member

Professor of History, PhD at Al.I.Cuza University Iasi, 1995; Faculty of International Relations, History and Philosophy, Spiru Haret University. PhD supervisor, History field, Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, since 2002; Spiru Haret University – Higher Education and Research.
Areas of scientific competence: contemporary Romanian and universal history; totalitarianism in Romania; international relations; Romania in 1944-1948: economic transformations and social realities; the establishment of the communist regime in Romania, history of the National Liberal Party; communism in Romania – ideology, foundations, dilemmas; totalitarianism and resistance, terror and repression in communist Romania; anti-communist armed resistance movement in Romania, 1944-1962.
References: CV,

Full Member

Military, Historian, Professor, Carol I National University of Defence.
Specialization: modern Romanian history
Fields of scientific competence: history of the Second World War.
References: CV,

Constantin (Dinu) Grigore SĂRARU
Founding Full Member

Member of the Honorary Council of the AOSR
Writer, publicist, founding director of Clipa magazine.
Specialization: contemporary literature, theatre chronicling, research in rural sociology.
Areas of scholarly expertise: publishing, theatre and theatre criticism, culture, radio and television, gustian research.
References: CV

Founding Full Member

University professor Spiru Haret University, PhD supervisor, scientific researcher gr. I, National Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism, President of the Romanian Society of Historical Sciences.
Specialization: Romanian and world history; democracy and dictatorship; political structures; international relations; personalities.
Areas of expertise: contemporary history; everyday life; political institutions; history of mentalities; international relations; history of civilisation; archival science
References: CV,

Radu Ștefan VERGATTI
Full Member

Consultant Professor, Valahia University, Targoviste; PhD supervisor.
Specialisation: medieval history and culture, historical demography.
Areas of scientific expertise: archaeology, national and international historical monuments, international and national libraries.
References: CV

Full Member

Historian, writer, literary critic, Director of the publishing house Roza Vventurilor.
Specialization: medieval history, historiography, history of ancient Romanian literature.
Areas of scholarly expertise: ancient Romanian literature (1402-1647); ancient and modern Romanian culture; the place and role of Romanian culture in Europe and the world; Romanian Orthodox spirituality.
References: CV

Member of Honor

Specialisation: museography and ethnography.
Scientific fields of expertise: folk culture, customs, traditions of Neamt; peculiarities of material and spiritual folk culture in Neamt and Bacau counties.
References: CV

Colonel (r) Cristache GHEORGHE
Member of Honor

Military, historian, publicist.
Specialisation: military history and theory, culture, numismatics.
Areas of scholarly expertise: political and military personalities, medalistics, historiography.
References: CV

Octavian BUDA
Corresponding member

Doctor of Medical Sciences, Bachelor of Philosophy, Prof. Univ. Dr., Head – Department of History of Medicine UMF “Carol Davila” – Bucharest, Vice-President of the Romanian Society of History of Medicine. Since 2015, President of EAHMH – The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health.
Areas of scientific expertise: history of medicine, psychiatric and cultural anthropology, bioethics, philosophy and forensic psychoanalysis. Cultural Patography. Philosophy and Psychiatry. Coordinating Editor – Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine – RJLM
References: CV

Corresponding member

Historian, museographer, director of the Vrancei Museum.
Specialisation: modern and contemporary, universal and national history.
Areas of scholarly expertise: history of the Second World War; history of international relations.
References: CV

Stoica LASCU
Corresponding member

University Professor – “Ovidius” University of Constanta (Faculty of History and Political Science); President of the Constanta Branch of the Romanian Historical Science Society.
Specialization: modern and contemporary Romanian history, modern universal history.
Areas of expertise: history of Romanians in the 19th-20th centuries; history of Dobrogea; history of Balkan Romance; history of Albania and Romanian-Albanian relations; history of Romanians from all over the world (Aromanians and Meglenoromanians); contemporary historiography.
References: CV

Corresponding member

PhD Professor, University of Oradea, Director of the Doctoral School of History
Areas of scholarly expertise: Romanian issues of the interwar period and the communist era, with particular emphasis on the process of political cleansing and censorship of Romanian historiography.
References: Encyclopedia of Romanian Personalities. Hübners Who Is Who Publishing House, editions from 2006-2014; Ioan Chindriș, “Ar trebui împușcați”, in Informația, Cluj, serie nove, 2008, no. 100 (961), p. 9; Mircea Popa, “Istoria arrestată”, in Orașul, revistă de cultură urbană, Cluj-Napoca, year III, no. 10 (2/2008), p. 5; Ioacob Mârza, “I. Zainea, Censorship of history, censored history. Documents (1966-1972), University of Oradea Publishing House, 2006, 321 p.”, in Patrimonivm Apvlense, VII-VIII, Alba Iulia, 2008, p. 357-359; Maria Danilov, “Ion Zainea, Istoriografia română și cenzura comunistă (1966-1977), University of Oradea Publishing House, 2010”, in Destin românesc. Revistă de istorie și cultură, serie nove, Chișinău, 2011, year VI (XVII), no. 3 (73), p. 176-185; Mihaela Teodor, “I. Zainea, Romanian historiography and communist censorship (1966-1977), Oradea: Ed. University of Oradea, 2010”, in Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Ephemerides, vol. LVII, 1/2012, p. 146-148.
References: CV

Honorary member

Professor at “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj and Director of the Institute of Turkology and Central Asian Studies in Cluj Napoca.
Specialization: painting, art history.
Areas of expertise: history of Romanian-Ottoman-Tatar relations; history, culture and present situation of the peoples of the Turkic world (Turkey, Central Asia, Crimea, Caucasus, Volga basin).
References: CV

Honorary member

Professor univ. Doctor Honoris Causa and PhD supervisor at “VALAHIA” University of Targoviste
Areas of expertise: museology, contemporary history
He is an important personality of Romanian museology and one of the most erudite and capable historians of the academic environment in our country. Author of more than 30 scientific papers as sole author on essential topics of historical knowledge. Hundreds of scholarly articles contribute to the refreshment of historical scholarship. Numerous exhibitions held and toured in the country and abroad, fruitful contributions to the founding and development of museums and laboratories in Romania, starting with one of our country’s leading institutions, the Cotroceni National Museum, which owes its existence to him, but also to the National Museum of Romanian History, where he worked for a significant number of years, his contribution to the protection and enhancement of heritage at governmental and ministerial level are indicative evidence of the impact and prestige enjoyed by Professor Ioan Opriș.

Associate member

University Lecturer Polytechnic University of Bucharest
Fields of scientific competence: History of International Relations, History of Romanian Culture and Civilization, History of South-Eastern Europe, 19th-20th centuries, History of Europe, Minority Issues in Europe/Multiculturalism and Democracy in Europe; History of Turkey, History of Romanian-Turkish relations; Romania and Turkey as important actors in the interwar relations system; History of South-East European diplomacy.

Sorin-Marcel COLESNIUC
Associate member

CS1 Dr. Historian, Museum of National History and Archaeology Constanta
Fields of scientific competence: prehistory, ancient history, contemporary history
Special scientific achievements: he recovered, from Moscow, the only ancient papyrus discovered in Romania, which is also the oldest in Europe, considered definitively lost by all Romanian historians and archaeologists for half a century. Discovered in 1959 in Mangalia, the papyrus was sent to Moscow for conservation and for 50 years nothing was heard of it. After two years of research, we found it at the I.E. Grabar Conservation Centre in Moscow and, in August 2011, we brought back this very important artefact for the history of Dobrogea;

Sorin-Liviu DAMEAN
Associate member

Professor, University of Craiova, PhD supervisor.
Specialization: Modern Romanian History, History of International Relations
Areas of expertise: modern Romanian history, monarchical institutions, international relations, diplomacy, political institutions, political parties.
References: CV

Constantin HLIHOR
Associate member

University Professor (Order of the Minister of Education, Research and Youth no. 3183/1996); Scientific Researcher grade I (Order of the Minister of Education, Scientific Research no. 3381 of 10.03.2016); Dean of the Faculty of History “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University (May 2010-May 2015); Director of the National and Universal History Research Centre of the Faculty of History “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University (May 2010-present).
Areas of scientific expertise: contemporary Romanian history, history of international relations, geopolitics and geostrategy, security studies, communication in international conflicts.
Distinguished achievements: 2000-2001- member of the Parallel History Project on NATO and Warsaw Pact, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C; Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C; Doctor Honorius Causa of “Ovidius” University of Constanta; 2012 – member of editorial board of Science Publishing Group System.
References: CV

Marius Adrian NICOARĂ
Associate Member

PhD in History, European Institute for Multidisciplinary Research
Director of the Historical Sciences Research Centre, Former Commander of the Boboc Training Centre / Air Force Application School
Areas of scientific expertise: author and co-author of numerous books on aviation history: Commanders of the Romanian Wing Schools: a century of military aviation training (1 April 1912 – 1 April 2012), 70 years since Romania’s entry into World War II: the contribution of the Romanian Air Force in the 1941 campaign: doctrine, training and equipment, personalities, military actions, Romanian Air Force in the years of World War II: (22 June 1941 – 12 May 1945)

Associate member

Associate Professor of History, “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Faculty of History and Geography, Department of Human and Social-Political Sciences
Specialization: HISTORY
Areas of expertise: Medieval History, Military History; Geopolitics and Geostrategy; International Relations
Outstanding scientific achievements: 3 monographs as sole author (of which 1 published abroad), 2 monographs in collaboration; coordinator of 1 collective volume in Romania; 1 article indexed ISI (in Romania); other 12 articles indexed BDI (in Romania); 50 articles in collective volumes or dedicated to international and national conferences; presentation of papers at 17 international conferences held abroad and 91 other international and national conferences held in the country and in the Republic of Moldova; organizer of 3 international conferences; member of the editorial board of one (1) ISI-indexed journal; member and manager of 13 research grants. Important publications: books published in national and international publishing houses (3 – as sole author; 2 – co-author, 1 – coordinator); articles in ISI listed journals (1); international conferences published in volumes (17);

Arthur Viorel TULUȘ
Associate member

Specialization: HISTORY
Areas of expertise: modern and contemporary history; international relations
Outstanding scientific achievements: 4 monographs as sole author; coordinator of 5 collective volumes, of which 3 published abroad (Ukraine); 4 ISI indexed articles (of which 2 abroad); other 16 BDI indexed articles (of which 3 abroad); 25 articles in collective volumes or dedicated to international and national conferences; other 15 articles in specialized journals; presentation of papers at 16 international conferences held abroad and 78 other international and national conferences held in the country and in the Republic of Moldova; organiser of 11 international conferences; visiting professor at two universities in Ukraine: Odessa “I.I. Mechnikov” National University and Izmail State University of Humanities; member of the editorial board of two ISI-indexed journals; Bologna Professor for 2012, awarded by the National Alliance of Romanian Student Organizations and other local awards; director of two institutional development grants and member of 6 other research and/or development grants.
Important publications: books published in national and international publishing houses (4 – as sole author; 5 – co-author or coordinator); articles in ISI-listed journals (4); international conferences published in volumes (21);

Associate member

Dr. University Professor, “Spiru Haret” University, Faculty of Legal and Administrative Sciences, Brasov; retired from the Air Force Academy “H. Coandă”.
Areas of scientific competence: history of Romania and the Romanian army; Romanian military history (especially modern, WWI and WWII), the exploitation of the Brașov archives on the issue of the national struggle for the Great Union; history of public administration, constitutional history of Romania, history of the state and law; in the field of political science, the basics of political science, political doctrines, economic doctrines and in the field of management: human resources management, strategic management, management of European projects.



Lecturer at the University of Paris – Sorbonne (Paris IV).
Areas of scientific competence: contemporary history. Political and social history of France (1789-1940).
References: CV

Özdemir BÜLENT

Prof. Dr. – Balıkesir Üniversitesi, Arts and Sciences Faculty
History Department.
Major Courses Taught: Historical Method and Thought; 20th Century World History; Modern European History; History of Political Thought; Modern Ottoman History; History of Colonialism
References: CV

Stockholm, SWEDEN

Researcher, publicist, historian and writer, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Oradea, degree in physics and mathematics. Director of historical documentaries.
References: CV

Héry Jean-Pierre De la MALDAGUE

History of Arts

Belgrade, SERBIA

Specialization: early modern history; history of the Ottoman Empire; history of Serbia (15th-18th centuries); history of Serbia in the Ottoman Empire; history of Serbs in the Republic of Venice
References: CV

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

PhD in History, Professor, Director of the Institute of Social History “ProMemoria”.
Specialization: painting, art history.
Areas of scientific expertise: painting, graphic design, personal and group exhibitions in the country and abroad.
References: CV

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Rector of the State University of Moldova
Areas of scientific competence: modern and contemporary historiography of Bessarabia; political, social and cultural history of the Republic of Moldova; imperial policies in the Romanian space; study of the totalitarian communist regime in Bessarabia, communist repression, memory of communism; editing of modern and contemporary history sources; educational and cultural policies, curriculum development, educational management; evaluation of educational and cultural projects; evaluation of teachers; elaboration and evaluation of teaching materials.

Timotei URSU

Areas of scientific expertise: director, playwright, journalist, scientific researcher, historian and archaeology enthusiast, community activist, Timotei Ursu is a member of the Union of Filmmakers, the Union of Writers and the Union of Professional Journalists of Romania.
Areas of scientific expertise: film and TV directing; theatre directing; drama; journalism; scientific research; community activities.
References: CV


Fields of expertise: history, intelligence, diplomacy. Specialist in the history of Soviet and Eastern European secret services. It focused on the institutional and bureaucratic behavior of Soviet state coercion institutions – the military and, later, the KGB – with the aim of predicting Soviet behavior and identifying vulnerabilities and problems that could be exploited or otherwise exploited – to advantage – by the US.
References: CV,


Academician Florin CONSTANTINIU
Honorary Member
born on 8 April 1933, Bucharest – d. 14 April 2012

Professional activity: from 1957 to 1999 he carried out his scientific activity at the Institute of History of the Academy of the People’s Republic of Romania (now the N. Iorga Institute of History), passing through all grades, from trainee researcher to senior scientific researcher I. He has participated in colloquia and congresses in the USA, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Mongolia.
Research activity: Between 1957 and 1972 he studied agrarian relations in Wallachia in the 18th century and the reform policy of the Phanariot rulers, particularly Constantin Mavrocordat, in the sphere of relations between landowners and landless peasants; the investigation was carried out within a broad framework of Eastern European agrarian history; since the early 1970s, his professional preoccupations have focused on the Second World War, especially on the act of 23 August 1944, the strategic, political and economic consequences of which he researched on the basis of a wealth of information, supporting the view that Romania’s separation from the Third Reich hastened the end of the Second World War in Europe by about six months. Since 1990, he has been increasingly attracted by the Cold War, particularly by Romania’s entry into the sphere of USSR hegemony and the process of communization/sovietization of Romania. He has conducted research in archives and libraries in France, the USA and Russia.
Publications: Agrarian relations in Wallachia in the 18th century, 1972; Constantin Mavrocordat, 1985; Between Hitler and Stalin. Romania and the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, 1991; Two times two makes sixteen. The Cold War began in Romania, 1997; A sincere history of the Romanian people, 1977, 2nd ed. (revised and added), idem, 1999, 3rd ed. (revised and added), idem, 2002; From the Hot War to the Cold War, 1999; PCR, Pătrășcanu and Transylvania, 2001; 1941. Hitler, Stalin and Romania, 2002. Collaborative works: History of Romania, vol. III, 1964; History of the World in Data, 1969; History of the Romanian People, 1970; History of Romania in Data, 1971; Romania in the Years of the Second World War, vol. I-III, 1989; Romania at War, 1995; Crossing the Dniester. 1941. A controversial decision, 1995. References: Encyclopedia of Romanian Historiography, Ed. Științifică și Enciclopedică, București, 1978, p. 107; Dorina N. Rusu, Members of the Romanian Academy 1866 – 1999. Dictionary, 2nd ed., Ed. Academiei Române, Bucharest, 1999, p. 139.

Gheorghe BUZATU
Prof. PhD, Historian, CP I, Full Member
(6 June 1939, Sihlea, Vrancea county – died 20 May 2013, Bucharest)

Senior Scientific Researcher I, Romanian Academy – Iasi branch; PhD Professor, Ovidius University of Constanta, PhD supervisor, Director of the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies
Specialization: modern and contemporary universal and national history.
Fields of scientific competence: history of the Second World War; history of international relations; military history; history of Romanian oil.
References: CV

Full Member, Scientific Researcher gr. I
n. 28 December 1930 – d. 4 July 2014

Research Scientist gr. I, Museum of History of Bucharest.
Specialization: archaeology
Areas of expertise: epipalaeolithic; Mesolithic; Bronze Age; rock paintings and engravings; historiography.

G. George POTRA
Full Member
n. 9 Feb 1940 Bucharest – d. 17 December 2015, Bucharest

A renowned historian, political scientist, writer, archivist, editor, director of the Titulescu European Foundation; scientific director of the Association of International Law and International Relations – Romania, George Potra specializes in modern and contemporary, universal and national history.
Areas of scientific expertise: history of international relations and Romanian diplomacy; research of archives and national libraries in various countries on Romanian foreign policy and diplomacy; production of editions of Romanian diplomatic documents from the interwar and contemporary periods; coordination and moderation of debates within the Centre for Strategic Studies of the Titulescu European Foundation.
References: CV

Nicolae BOCȘAN
(24 September 1947, Bocșa, Caras-Severin – 19 June 2016, Cluj Napoca)
Associate member

Professor Nicolae Bocșan, associate member of the Romanian Academy of Scientists, passed away. He distinguished himself through a wide and deep work, based on archival documents, focusing on the past of Transylvania and Banat, as well as the confrontation of ideas in the modern era, the role of the church, daily life, demographic developments in the two Romanian provinces.
Nicolae Bocșan was a professor with vocation, holder of the Modern History of Romania course at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj Napoca, he was appreciated and loved by students, master and doctoral students, as well as by the numerous professors to whom he directed the scientific-methodical works for the first teaching degree. Dean of the Faculty of History-Philosophy and rector of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Professor Bocșan has inscribed his name among the most illustrious representatives of the intellectuality of Transylvania, proving to be an excellent organizer and communicator. Nicolae Bocșan is gone, but he left behind a WORK and the memory of a generous and demanding MAN, a model of a teacher dedicated to education and science.
PhD Professor at Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Department of Modern History.
Areas of scholarly expertise: modern Romanian history; history of ideas; history of culture; history of international relations in the modern era; history of the church; 1848 Revolution.
References: CV

Associate member
4 April 1937, Girov, county. Bacau – 21 July 2017, Bacau

Research Scientist gr. I, Professor Ioan Mitrea, a historian and archaeologist of great prestige, has made an exceptional contribution [in an activity of more than 60 years] to the deciphering on a scientific basis of the data provided by the archaeological excavations on several archaeological sites in Bacau and other counties of the country, of what has been called in history “the dark millennium”.
Professor Ioan Mitrea was celebrated by the Bacauan community, colleagues and friends, on his 80th birthday. He started his archaeological research activity since his student days, under the guidance of prestigious archaeologists, he was a university professor in Iasi and Bacau, teacher at the Ferdinad I High School, director of the Bacau History Museum.
“He worked a lifetime, was passionate about the history of this country, devoted all his energy, skill and science, spending years on archaeological sites, discovered unique vestiges that attest to the continuity of this people on these public lands.
Specialisation: archaeology.
Areas of scientific expertise: archaeology of Moldavia, settlements of the 13th century. VI-IX.
References: CV

Academician Dinu GIURESCU
Honorary member
15 February 1927, Bucharest – 24 April 2018, Bucharest

University consultant professor at the University of Bucharest, renowned specialist in Romanian history, author of valuable synthesis works and monographs, which have been imposed both by their rich information and by their innovative interpretations, of high scientific quality. Exemplary are the volumes devoted to medieval art and the reign of John the Brave, the situation in Romania after the Second World War (the Rădescu government, the 1946 parliamentary elections, the royal strike, foreign policy, etc.).
Dinu C. Giurescu was also a “man of the people”, taking a public stand against the demolition of historical and art monuments under Ceaușescu, as well as against the policy of destroying the national economy after 1989, fighting to defend and promote Romania’s interests.
He has been concerned with both the editing of sources and the elaboration of syntheses of national history: “History of Romanians from the earliest times to today” (1971, in collaboration), “History of Romanians” (1974-1975, in collaboration), “Illustrated History of Romanians (1981-1982).
He has paid particular attention to issues of contemporary history: “Romania’s Communist Takeover: The Radescu Government” (1994), “Romania in the Second World War” (1999), “The Impossible Trial. The Royal Strike 1945” (1999), “Romanians in the Second World War” (1939-1945) (2000), “The Fall of the Iron Curtain. Romania 1947” (2002), “Documents on the 1946 Elections” (2001), “The Usurpers” (2004), “From Sovromconstructions to the Romanian Academy” (2008) and many others. He was coordinator and co-author of volumes IX (1st ed., 2008; 2nd ed. 2016) and X (2013) of the valuable treatise “Romanian History”, a fundamental work elaborated under the auspices of the Romanian Academy.
References: CV

Honorary Member (since 2007)
31 October 1926, Scobinți, county. Iași – 27 December 2018, Iași

Romanian painter and graphic artist, in the first part of his creative activity he executed portraits and landscapes in a traditional-realist vision, which he later abandoned in favour of a constructivist formula with figurative rapel and humorous nuances. In 1945 he enrolled at the Institute of Arts in Iasi, where his teachers were Corneliu Baba and Ion Irimescu, and graduated in 1950. He took part in a competition and was awarded the Nicolae Grigorescu Scholarship of the Romanian Academy, which consisted of a year of study in Leningrad and a year in Paris. Thus, he attended advanced courses at the Repindin Leningrad Academy (1962-1963) and the Académie libre in Paris, from where he continued at the International Institute of Pedagogical Studies in Sèvres (1964-1965). Contemporary with Baba and other sacred monsters of painting, Dan Hatmanu has, since his life, his place in the honor gallery of Romanian culture. He made his debut in 1948, took part in many group and collective exhibitions and organised dozens of solo exhibitions at home and abroad. Among the most important participations in exhibitions abroad we can mention 1954 Venice Biennale, 1958 – Prague, Sofia, Teheran, Moscow, 1959 – Budapest, Vienna, 1962 – Cairo, Athens, Paris, Ankara, Istanbul, 1974 – Tokyo, Osaka, 1975 – Scopje, Havana, 1977 – Lisbon, Prague, 1981 – Vienna, 1985 – Stuttgart, Venice, Perugia. He executed book illustrations for works by Ionel Teodoreanu, Anton Bacalbașa, Petru Prânzei and Valentin Ciucă. His works can be found in museums in Romania: the Municipal Museum of Huși, the Art Museum of Iași, the Art Museum of Piatra Neamț, the Art Museum “Casa Simian” in Râmnicu Vâlcea, but also in museums and private collections abroad: Rio de Janeiro, Valletta, Poitiers, Mexico City, Prague, France, Italy, Israel, Greece, Germany.
References: CV

Constantin BUȘE
Full Member
27 September 1939, Bibești (Gorj) – 15 December 2019, Bucharest

University Professor, University of Bucharest, PhD supervisor
Director of the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies
Specialisation: modern and contemporary history; international relations.
Areas of scholarly expertise: modern and contemporary universal and national history; history of international relations; history of Latin America.
References: CV,

Associate Member
MI, 17 May 1950 – 05.11.2021, Bucharest

Professor at the Department of History, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest. In 1974 he graduated from the Faculty of History in Bucharest. He completed his doctoral studies in 1993, when he was awarded a PhD in history. Secretary General of the “European Forum for History and Culture” in Bucharest, with a branch in Chisinau.
Areas of expertise: Romanian foreign policy and international relations in the 20th century; 20th century military history; Romania after World War II.
References: CV
The Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest announces, with deep sadness, the death of Prof. Mihai Retegan. “On the evening of November 5, 2021, Mihai Retegan, a professor of Romanian contemporary history, an important specialist in this field, died. Many of us knew him as a colleague in the Department of Romanian and Southeast European History, which he headed from 2012-2015. Even more, as current and former students, have had the chance to listen to his lectures, discovering both a demanding professor and a man with a lot of verve and humour”, is the message sent by the UB History Faculty.
After graduating in 1974, Mihai Retegan started his activity as a scientific researcher at the “Institute of Military History”, and in 1995 he became a professor at the Faculty of History. The research areas were related to the history of Romanians after the First World War until the collapse of communism (foreign policy, the Second World War, the communist regime, the crises of communism and the effects on Romania, Romania’s relations with Great Britain in the Second World War). Mihai Retegan graduated from the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest (1970-1974), and received a PhD in History (1993). His contribution to historical knowledge has been recognised by the award of a number of prizes, orders and medals: Romanian Academy Prize for Contemporary History (1985); Romanian Commission for Military History Prize, for scientific activity (1996); Romanian Commission for Military History Prize, for the volume Romanian Army during the Second World War (1997); Prize of the Historical Magazine Foundation, for the volume 1968 from spring to autumn (1999); Prize of the Historical Magazine Foundation, for the volume SSI-SOE, political diary, 1941-1944 (2008); Medal 50 years after the Hungarian Revolution, awarded by the President of Hungary (2006); Order of Honour, awarded by the President of the Republic of Moldova (2010). Professor Doctor Honoris Causa of “Ovidius” University of Constanta (June 2011).
Among his publications, we mention: Military History of the Romanian People, vol. VI, 1989 (co-author); Romania in the years of World War II, vol. I-III, 1989 (co-author); 23 August 1944. Documents, vol. I-IV, 1984 – 1985 (co-author); 1918, the Making of Greater Romania, 1993 (co-author); Transylvania in the Evolution of Romanian-Hungarian Relations. A New Approach, (co-author) 1993 (and English edition); Romanian Army in World War II, 1995 (co-author); Romania at War, 1941 – 1945. A Destiny in History (co-author), 1995; Explosion. Romanian, Yugoslav and Soviet perceptions of events in Poland and Hungary (co-author), 1996; 1956. The Explosion (co-author), 1996; In the Balance of Forces. Interwar Romanian Military Alliances, 1997; 1968. Spring to Autumn, 1998 (and English and Czech editions). Liberation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, June 22 – July 26, 1941 (co-author), 1999; 1968. In the Shadow of the Prague Spring, 2000; 1968. Ve stinu Prazskeho iara. Crta k rumunske zahranicni politice, Praha, Argo, 2002; 1989. The domino principle. The Collapse of European Communist Regimes, 2000 (co-author); War and Society, 1941 – 1945, vol. I, 1999, (co-author); Romanian History, textbook for grade XII, (coordinator and author), 2000; War and Society: Romania 1941-1945. from Prut to Crimea (22 June-8 November 1941) (co-author), 2000; Political Warfare in the Communist Bloc. Romanian-Soviet Relations in the Sixties, vol. I-II, 2002-2004; History of Romanians, vol. VIII, IX, 2003, 2008 (co-author); Political Structures in Central and South-Eastern Europe, vol. I-II, (co-author); The Communist Regime in Romania. A Political Chronology, 2004 (co-author); SSI – SOE Political Diary, 1941 – 1944, 2007 (co-author); The Story of a Betrayal, 2010; International Relations. Approaches and Studies, 2014 (ed.); 1968 Spring to Autumn. Outline of Romanian Foreign and Military Policy, 2nd edition, revised and added, 2014; Her Majesty’s Ambassadors to Romania, 1964-1970, 2017.

Honorary Member of the AOSR
Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy
16 April 1928, Arad – 12 September 2022, Bucharest

The members of the Romanian Academy of Scientists express their deep sadness at the death of Radu CIUCEANU, Doctor of History, Senior Research Scientist, Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy.
Born on 16 April 1928 in Arad, Radu Ciuceanu was a member of the National Resistance Movement of Oltenia, led by General Iancu Carlaonț, according to Agerpres.
The historian Radu Ciuceanu was arrested in 1948, after being active for two years in the National Anti-Communist Resistance Movement of Oltenia. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard prison, as head of a group, together with General Ioan Carlaonț, for having set up “a subversive organisation of a terrorist nature, acquired arms, ammunition and explosives, with the aim of overthrowing the regime and fighting against the Soviet Union, through sabotage and insurrection”. During his imprisonment, Ciuceanu went through the “experiment” in Pitesti and the Gherla demolitions.
“We have escaped death so many times that we can no longer speak of luck or chance, only of God. In June 1950 I was put, for I don’t know how many times, in re-education, in the famous death chamber number 99 in Gherla prison. You couldn’t even kill yourself. Many tried, but they were watched day and night. I too had TB since they once took us out at -15 degrees Celsius. Then, out of 300 people, only 100 escaped”, Ciuceanu told Adevărul in an interview in 2010.
In 1963 he was released, but he was constantly harassed by security officers and had difficulty getting a job as a day labourer. Radu Ciuceanu was Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies (1990-1992) and Chairman of the Committee for the Investigation of Abuses of the Chamber of Deputies (2000-2004).

Graduated in History, 1968-1972, majoring in History of Romania, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest, majoring in Archaeology (1972), Radu Ciuceanu worked as an archaeologist at the Institute of Archaeology and later at the National Museum of History and Archaeology of Bucharest. He studied and obtained a PhD in History (N. Iorga Institute of History, Bucharest, 1998) with a thesis entitled Autocracy and Nationalism. The destiny of a dynasty (1665-1856). 1970-1975 archaeologist at the Institute of Archaeology in Bucharest; 1975-1989 archaeologist at the Museum of History and Art of Bucharest; carried out archaeological excavations and archaeological research at Putna, Coșula, Mihăilești, Afumați, Ghica Tei, Pantelimon, Văcărești, Colțea. In 1990 he was one of the founders of the Association of Former Political Prisoners in Romania, and in 1993 he founded the National Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism (INST), which he has since directed for almost three decades. He was editor and founding member of the journal Archives of Totalitarianism. Senior Research Scientist I, Member of the C.P.U.N. Executive Board, February-May 1990. Founding member of the first Romanian Parliament 1990 and Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies 1990-1992.
His scientific work focused on Roman and medieval archaeology, studies on anti-communist resistance, the concentration regime in Romania.

Publications: he wrote in hiding, together with Daniel Barbu and Octavian Roske, the studies The Condition of the Monument under the Communist Regime and Will Bucharest Survive until 1984?, broadcast on Radio Free Europe in 1981 and 1985.

Books: Entering the Tunnel, Memoirs vol. I, Meridiane, Bucharest, 1991; Horseshoe without luck, Memoirs vol. II, Meridiane, Bucharest, 1994; Autocracy and Nationalism. Destinul unei dinastii (1665-1856), 2001; Misiunile lui A. I. Vișinski în România. From the History of Romanian-Soviet Relations 1944-1946. Secret Documents, 1997 (coordinator); Armed Resistance in Bukovina. 1944-1950, vol. I, 1998 (co-author); Armed Resistance in Bukovina. 1950-1952, vol. II, 2000 (co-author); Beginnings of the Resistance Movement in Romania, 11 April 1945-31 May 1946, vol. I, 1998 (co-author); Beginnings of the Resistance Movement in Romania, 1 June-31 December 1946, vol. II, 2001 (co-author); The Prison Regime in Romania 1940-1962, 2001; The Romanian Orthodox Church under the Communist Regime 1945-1958, vol. I; Armed Resistance in Oltenia 1945-1949, vol. I, Armed Resistance in Oltenia 1949-1952, vol. II; The Devil’s Seal, Memoirs vol. III, I.N.S.T., Memoirs, vol. IV, I.N.S.T., Bucharest, 2002; Too much darkness, Lord!, Memoirs, vol. IV, I.N.S.T., Bucharest, 2012; In silence with the devil, Memoirs, vol. V, I.N.S.T., Bucharest, 2015; Thalassa! Thalassa! Thalassa! Memoirs, Memoirs, vol. VI, I.N.S.T., Bucharest, 2017;

He has published numerous articles and reports on archaeological research and historical monuments; 1994-2001 articles in the journal Archives of Totalitarianism, under the title “History as a ballast”. Awards and distinctions: in 1995 he received the Liviu Rebreanu Prize, awarded by the National Ecumenical Centre for the volume Horseshoe without Luck (“exceptional memoir prose from the literary point of view evoking the universe of political imprisonment under the totalitarian regime, in 2003, November 29, he received the National Order of Faithful Service, in the rank of Knight for his cultural, political and parliamentary activity”).

In 2017, historian Radu Ciuceanu received the highest distinction of the Romanian Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cross.

Academician Emil Răzvan THEODORESCU
Founding Full Member
24 May 1939 – 06.Feb.2023

University Professor, Rector of Media University; PhD supervisor, Head of the UNESCO Chair of Southeast European Studies at the University of Arts; Ambassador of the Alliance of Civilizations for Romania.
Specialisation: history, history of culture and history of art.
Areas of scholarly expertise: history, Romanian and European art; the genesis of medieval culture in Eastern Europe and the concept of Monumentum Princeps; the classical corridors of Southeast Europe; the beginnings of Romanian modernity.
References: CV


Prorector, Professor at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and Scientific Researcher at the Centre for Transylvanian Studies of the Romanian Academy. Graduated in History and Philosophy from Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (1982-1986). PhD in History with the distinction “Magna cum laudae” with the thesis “The rural population of Transylvania between the 1848 Revolution and the First World War” (1999).
Fields of scientific competence: modern and contemporary history, modern history of Transylvania and history of the population of Romania in the 19th-20th centuries, historical demography
References: CV

He graduated from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest in 1970. PhD in History of the University “Al. I. Cuza”, Iași (1979). He was a Member of Parliament in the 1990-1992, 1992-1996 and 1996-2000 terms. PhD Professor at “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Faculty of History.
Scientific fields of expertise: museography; personalities of Romanian history – Nicolae Iorga, Ion Antonescu, Carol II, Mihai I; Romanian-Hungarian relations in the post-war period; aspects of contemporary political life and political parties.
References: CV

Gheorghe CLIVETI
Corresponding Member, MC-AR
Withdrawn on request 2 February 2022
Prof. Univ. PhD, Director of the “A.D. Xenopol” Institute of History
Director of the Centre for the History of International Relations at the Faculty of History, “Al.I.Cuza” University of Iasi.
Areas of scientific competence: modern history, history of Romanians and European history; history of international relations, historiographical concepts, documentary sources, themes; political history and institutions, political ideas and trends, state and society; social history, concepts, methodologies,
References: CV,