Tell us more about yourself, who is Prof. Dr. Nicolae Iuga?
I am a Doctor of Philosophy, a university professor and an associate scientific researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Romanian Academy in Bucharest. I have published more than 20 books to date, some of them being essays on the Philosophy of History, and among these books there is also the present book, Maramuresh and Subcarpathian Russia.
Your latest book is "Марамуреш и Подкарпатская Русь", translated as "Maramures and Subcarpathian Russia". What is the message you want to convey to the readers?
The book is not a historical research, but it is an essay on the relationship between geopolitics and religion in the Upper Tisza Basin, from the time of Austro-Hungarian dualism (1867-1918) to the present day. An essay intended to highlight the assault of Catholic Hungary on the ancient Romanian Orthodox civilization of Maramuresh and on the Russian or Ruthenian civilization of Sub-Carpathian Russia, in order to expand its territory in a north-eastern direction. At the time of the formation of the dualist Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1867, Hungarians in Hungary represented less than 42% of the total population, otherwise Hungarians were a minority in their own country. In this context, Hungary has since then resorted to a strong offensive of forced Magyarisation of non-Hungarian ethnic groups, using for this purpose, in particular, the Church, in an operation contrary to its Christian mission. In 1912, a Greek-Catholic Hungarian Episcopate for Magyarisation was established, based in Hajdudorog, under the conditions that Greek-Catholicism is not a traditional Hungarian confession. The approximately 350,000 Hungarian Greek-Catholics in Hungary today are, historically speaking, former non-Hungarian Orthodox, Routhenien and Romanian, who became Hungarian by unorthodox means, i.e. through the Church.
Who is this book for?
This book is aimed for researchers, students, but also for the general public, being written in a very accessible essay style. It is aimed at the general public, given that this year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Trianon which marked the end of the First World War, and at present there are some revisionist voices who wish to call for a re-examination of this Treaty. At the same time, this book draws attention to the fact that in contemporary Ukraine the practices of Austria-Hungary since the end of the nineteenth century have been revived with regard to the limitation of the right of national minorities in that country to use their mother tongue in education.
Describe Generis Publishing in a few words.
I warmly thank Generis Publishing for giving me the opportunity, free of charge, to share my ideas with the widest circles of readers, practically all over the world. This is the most wonderful thing that can happen to a scientific researcher. The fact is all the more deserving, since Generis Publishing offers this opportunity to a large number of authors.
What are the good and bad sides of being an author?
In my opinion, being a writer is the most important life achievement a man can aspire to, more important than achievement as a politician, because the writer can tell the Truth more than the politician. On the other hand, writers, with very few exceptions, cannot earn their living from writing. I have personally known many valuable writers who have lived and created in miserable conditions. It is ideal to have a job, for example a university professor, which will allow the writer to live decently and at the same time have free time to write.
What would be your word of encouragement for a new author?
Today, good quality literature, whether fictional or scientific, is practically suffocated by the so-called “social media” networks. But the author should not be discouraged, he should not despair because in the end the professional writing will impose itself by style, it will receive relief and height, which allows them to rise above the large quantity of small ones that exist in the “social-media” networks. Moreover, today’s beginning authors have more opportunities, for example Generis Publishing, who can circulate their ideas throughout the world.