Interview with Vladimir Solonari, November 4, 2008
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Interview with Vladimir Solonari, historian at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, and former member of parliament in the Republic of Moldova (1990-2001), and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1993-2001). Interview conducted on November 4, 2008. Dr. Solonari has written a number of articles on the history of Romania during WWII and recently completed a book manuscript entitled: Purifying the Nation: Population Exchange and Ethnic Cleansing in World War II Romania, which is due to come out in 2009.
Interview Themes Solonari?s family history and its influence on his work (00:53) Good research habits (05:39) Significant events of Solonari?s lifetime and how they influenced his work (08:45) Complexity as an outcome of historical research (14:06) Stress on argument in American scholarship (17:03) Importance of area studies and defining our area (20:08) Solonari?s reflections on being a politician in Moldova during the 1990s (24:45) Future of Moldova (29:55) Crossing the boundary between East-Central European and Russian/Soviet history (33:42) Possibilities of integrating East-Central European history into a broader European framework (37:38) Most interesting directions in the field of Russian/Soviet history (40:40)
Interview; Vladimir Solonari