‘THE PEASANT’S FOOD IS ONLY THE POLENTA’: THE HYGIENE OF RURAL PEOPLES’ NOURISHMENT IN ROMANIA IN THE MEDICAL DISCOURSE OF THE SECOND HALF ... Cover Image
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‘THE PEASANT’S FOOD IS ONLY THE POLENTA’: THE HYGIENE OF RURAL PEOPLES’ NOURISHMENT IN ROMANIA IN THE MEDICAL DISCOURSE OF THE SECOND HALF ...
‘THE PEASANT’S FOOD IS ONLY THE POLENTA’: THE HYGIENE OF RURAL PEOPLES’ NOURISHMENT IN ROMANIA IN THE MEDICAL DISCOURSE OF THE SECOND HALF ...

Author(s): Constantin Bărbulescu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Keywords: elites; peasantry; nourishment; 19th century; 20th century; Romania.

Summary/Abstract: ‘The peasant’s food is only the polenta:’ the hygiene of rural peoples’ nourishment in Romania in the medical discourse of the second half of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th century. The creation of national iden-tity in the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the next one has been based on the awareness of the peasant dimension of the Romanian nation in all three Romanian countries. The Romanian national ideology has thus a strong peasant social component. The peasant becomes the Romanian by essence along the 19th century. Under these particular conditions a manifest interest for the culture and living conditions of the peasantry has been born during the period mentioned. The elite, intensely preoccupied by this huge and overwhelming rural mass that made the modern Romania, produces a multi shaped discourse upon peasant and rural world.

  • Issue Year: 59/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 83-109
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: English