Constantin C. Giurescu

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Constantin C . Giurescu (Romanian pronunciation: [konstanˈtin d͡ʒjuˈresku]; 1901–1977) was a Romanian historian, member of Romanian Academy and professor at the University of Bucharest.[1] Born in Focşani, son of historian Constantin Giurescu, he completed his primary and secondary studies in Bucharest. In 1923 he graduated with a doctorate from the University of Bucharest with the thesis "Contributions to the studies of great dignitaries of the 14th and 15th century".[2] He completed his education at the Romanian School in Paris (1923–1925) (established in 1920 by Nicolae Iorga) and upon return he starts his teaching career. He was editor (1933) of the Romanian Historical Review and founder (1931) and director (1933) of the National Institute for History.

His political activity includes membership of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania (1932–1933) and secretary in the National Renaissance Front government (1939–1940).

He is the father of historian Dinu C. Giurescu.

Prof. Giurescu was accepted as a member of the Romanian Academy in 1974. As a great specialist in medieval and early modern history of Southeast Europe, he was expected to have been the first to hold the Nicolae Iorga Chair at Columbia University in New York City in the Spring semester of 1972.[3] He is the author of, among others, History of Romanians,[4] Nomadic Populations in the Euro-Asian and the part they played in the formation of Mediaeval States,[5] The Making of the Romanian Unitary State, The making of the Romanian people and language, Chronological history of Romania, Transylvania in the History of the Rumanian People.[3]


  1. ^ Boia, Lucian (2001). Romania: Borderland of Europe. James Christian Brown. Reaktion Books. p. 40. ISBN 1-86189-103-2. 
  2. ^ Biography and Bibliography Constantin C. Giurescu (PDF in Romanian)
  3. ^ a b Johnston, Laurie (1971-06-22). "Rumania to Finance Columbia Professor". The New York Times. p. 1. 
  4. ^ [review in American Historical Review, Vol. 44, Jul. 1939, No. 4, p. 866–868]
  5. ^ [Comité International des Sciences Historiques. American Historical Association, XIV, International Congress of Historical Sciences, San Francisco. – August 22–29, 1975, 62 p.]