APPRECIATION FREDERICK KELLOGG (Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.) THE LIFE AND HISTORICAL WORKS OF DA VID PRODAN David Prodan (1902-1992) was an outstanding Romanian his- torian whose recent death evokes reflections and a salute.' His parents were Orthodox Christian shepherds who practiced transhumance and who had some land in the rural community of Cioara, now named Saiistea, near the Mure? River in the western Transylvanian portion of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Prodan's ancestors were serfs, many of whom cultivated and harvested ce- reals. He lacked requisite funds for an education abroad and so at- tended a local Hungarian school, where he mastered Magyar; owing to the sponsorship of his village priest, he was next in the classrooms of a Uniate Christian gymnasium in a nearby town. III health plagued him, with tuberculosis as a young man and ulcers later on. His boyhood experiences convinced him of a need to learn as much as possible about his progenitors' way of life. Hence he fol- lowed lectures at Transylvania's University of Cluj-in Romania after World War I-for three years in the early 1920s, studying world history with loan Ursu (1875-1925), the peoples of Southeastern Europe with Silviu Dragomir (1888-1962), and Transylvanian history with
Southeastern Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1989
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