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Relapse into Bondage is the political memoir of Alexandru Cretzianu, a key Romanian diplomat during the interwar period and World War II. The reader will discern that Cretzianu faithfully presents himself as pro-Western, pro-French, pro-British, pro-League of Nations. He demonstrates that Romania did not freely join the Axis, but had no alternative but to do so after Britain and France abandoned the Little Entente in 1938. Cretzianu’s memoirs are a gold mine of information for those interested in all aspects of Romanian foreign policy during this critical period in twentieth-century history, as well as in European diplomatic history generally.

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Relapse into Bondage – Political Memoirs of a Romanian Diplomat, 1918-1947

Alexandru Cretzianu

Edited by Sherman David Spector

 Relapse into Bondage: “for students of Romanian foreign policy from 1933 to 1945 this book is still a must: few Romanian diplomats have published their memoirs, and this is a good opportunity to hear the voice of one of them.” – Dov B. Lungu, The International History Review

Relapse into Bondage is the political memoir of Alexandru Cretzianu, a key Romanian diplomat during the interwar period and World War II. The reader will discern that Cretzianu faithfully presents himself as pro-Western, pro-French, pro-British, pro-League of Nations. He demonstrates that Romania did not freely join the Axis, but had no alternative but to do so after Britain and France abandoned the Little Entente in 1938. Cretzianu’s memoirs are a gold mine of information for those interested in all aspects of Romanian foreign policy during this critical period in twentieth-century history, as well as in European diplomatic history generally.

Born in 1895 in Bucharest, Alexandru Cretzianu joined Romania’s diplomatic service in 1918. He was assigned to Romanian legations in London, Rome, and Berne before being summoned home to head the League of Nations section of the Romanian Foreign Ministry (1929-1932). In that capacity, he served and admired Foreign Minister Nicolae Titulescu (1883-1941), a champion of collective security. In 1933, Cretzianu became chief of the Political Division of the Foreign Ministry until 1938, and then its secretary-general until 1941. On 15 September 1943, the Antonescu regime appointed him envoy to Turkey. In Ankara, Cretzianu strove to represent the antiwar attitudes of young King Mihai and opposition politicians. Cretzianu never again set foot in his native land after the armistice was signed in September 1944 because of the Communist takeover of Romania. He ultimately settled in the United States, where he died in 1979.

The editor, Sherman David Spector, was a professor of history at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. A noted specialist in Romanian history, he was the author of Romania at the Paris Peace Conference: A Study in the Diplomacy of Ioan I.C. Brătianu.

Imprint: Center for Romanian Studies
354 pp., 6 x 9 in. (229 x 152 mm), Index
Hardcover
Date of Publication: March, 1998
ISBN 978-973-98091-8-4
US$49.99; UK£44.99

Softbound
Date of Publication: August 31, 2021
ISBN 978-1-59211-095-7
US$29.99; UK£27.99

eBook
Date of Publication: August 31, 2021
ISBN 978-1-59211-120-6
US$14.99

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