Constantin C. Giurescu

Constantin C . Giurescu (Romanian pronunciation: [konstanˈtin d͡ʒjuˈresku]; 26 October 1901 – 13 November 1977)[1] was a Romanian historian, member of Romanian Academy, and professor at the University of Bucharest.[2]

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."[3] He completed his education at the Romanian School in Paris (1923–1925) (established in 1920 by Nicolae Iorga) and upon return, he began 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 included membership of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania (1932–1933) and secretary in the National Renaissance Front government (1939–1940).

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.[4]

He authored works such as History of Romanians,[5] Nomadic Populations in the Euro-Asian and the part they played in the formation of Mediaeval States,[6] The Making of the Romanian Unitary State, The Making of the Romanian People and Language, Chronological History of Romania, and Transylvania in the History of the Rumanian People.[4]

He was the father of historian Dinu C. Giurescu.


  1. ^ Profile of Constantin C . Giurescu
  2. ^ Boia, Lucian (2001). Romania: Borderland of Europe. James Christian Brown. Reaktion Books. pp. 40. ISBN 1-86189-103-2.
  3. ^ "Biography and Bibliography Constantin C. Giurescu" (PDF) (in Romanian). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-12.
  4. ^ a b Johnston, Laurie (1971-06-22). "Rumania to Finance Columbia Professor". The New York Times. p. 1.
  5. ^ [review in American Historical Review, Vol. 44, Jul. 1939, No. 4, p. 866–868]
  6. ^ [Comité International des Sciences Historiques. American Historical Association, XIV, International Congress of Historical Sciences, San Francisco. – August 22–29, 1975, 62 p.]