Keith Arnold Hitchins (April 2, 1931 – November 1, 2020) was an American historian and a professor of Eastern European history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Romania and its history.[1]

Keith Hitchins
Born(1931-04-02)April 2, 1931
DiedNovember 1, 2020(2020-11-01) (aged 89)
AwardsNational Order of Merit (Romania)
Academic background
Alma materUnion College
Harvard University
Thesis (1964)
Doctoral advisorRobert Lee Wolff
Academic work
DisciplineHistory, mostly Romanian history
InstitutionsWake Forest University
Rice University
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

He was born in Schenectady, New York.[2][3] After graduating from Union College, he went to Harvard University, earning a Ph.D. in history in 1964 under the direction of Robert Lee Wolff. After teaching for seven years at Wake Forest University and then for a short period at Rice University, he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, where he spent the rest of his academic career.[1]

Hitchins wrote or edited more than 20 books, most related to Romania.[1] An honorary member of the Romanian Academy since 1991,[2][3] he was awarded the National Order of Merit by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.[4]

Hitchins died on November 1, 2020, at age 89, in the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.[1] After his death, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu wrote on Twitter:[3]

We pay homage to professor Keith Hitchins, an American voice of immeasurable value to the academic world. Having an authentic interest and expertise in the history of Romania, he was an honorary member of the Romanian Academy. The death of professor Hitchins is a loss to everyone who knew him and knew his work.

— Bogdan Aurescu, 2020.[3]

Publications edit

  • Hitchins, Keith (December 1964). "Samuel Clain and the Rumanian Enlightenment in Transylvania". Slavic Review. 23 (4): 660–675. doi:10.2307/2492203. JSTOR 2492203. S2CID 155577846.
  • The Rumanian national movement in Transylvania, 1780–1849. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1969. ISBN 0-19-626566-5. OCLC 52045.
  • Orthodoxy and nationality: Andreiu Șaguna and the Rumanians of Transylvania, 1846–1873. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1977. ISBN 0-674-64491-3. OCLC 2523561.
  • Rumania, 1866–1947. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1994. ISBN 978-0-19-158615-6. OCLC 44961723.
  • The Romanians, 1774–1866. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1996. ISBN 0-19-820591-0. OCLC 33009873.
  • Hitchins, Keith (2014). A concise history of Romania. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139033954. ISBN 978-0-521-87238-6. OCLC 858081302.

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