Professor Bogdan Murgescu

Curriculum Vitae


Bogdan Murgescu is professor of economic history and director of the Council for Doctoral Studies, University of Bucharest. He participated in various international research and civic projects, and has been visiting professor at the Central European University, Budapest (2004) and the University of Pittsburgh (2002), as well as Roman Herzog Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin (1998-2000; recurring 2006). He has published numerous articles and several books, including a history of the Romanian economy (from the early modern era to 2010) in comparison with other European countries (circa 1500) that were similarly underdeveloped. His earlier work focused on the early modern history of the Romanian Principalities and of Southeastern Europe, with a particular focus on historiography, history education, and post-communist transformation.


Research project at the Kolleg


During my fellowship in Jena, I will work, together with Dr Jerzy Lazor, on the chapter entitled, “Economic Development” for the volume “Challenges of Modernity”, which will appear in the Kolleg’s four-volume history of Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth century.
Using statistical data and insights from existing literature, the goal of our chapter is to assess the economic performance of CEE countries and the region as a whole in the long twentieth century. Our point of departure lies in the real and the perceived economic backwardness of CEE countries, and the way in which the backwardness and the attempts to catch-up have shaped the region’s economies and societies.
The chapter will include a chronological survey of the region’s performance, in which we will discuss the specificities of economic development in six subsequent periods. Additionally, we will provide an analysis of some of the most important factors which have determined the economic patterns of Central and Eastern Europe: endowment with natural resources, development of human capital, the role of the state and its policies, institutions and path dependencies, and the region’s interactions with the world economy. 


Main areas of research


  • economic and social history, with a special focus on the long-term development of human capital and on the impact of higher education
  • the history of communism and of the post-communist transformation
  • the methodological and sociological aspects of historical studies



Positions and memberships


  • president, Romanian Society for Historical Sciences; editor of the journal "Studii și articole de istorie"
  • vice-president, National Council for the Financing of Higher Education
  • member, Romanian Commission for Economic History and the History of Economic Ideas
  • member, Scientific Board of the Imre Kertesz Kolleg "Europas Osten im 20. Jahrhundert. Historische Erfahrungen im Vergleich", Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
  • member, Scientific Board of the Institute for East- and Southeast-European Research, Regensburg
  • member, History Education Committee of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe
  • member, Executive Committee of EUSTORY. The History Network of Young Europeans (2001-2012)