|At the Border of the Empire and at the Confluence of Confessions: The Mixed Marriages in Oradea Area (Western Romania) in the Modern Times|
|Ethnic and religious diversity of the population from Oradea region in the modern times requires communication, interference among the various ethnic - confessional communities. Since these communities live together in the same space, it was natural for this "cooperation" to be visible even in the marriage question. In this context, mixed marriage takes the form of multiculturalism, born out of the need of living together. "The social barriers" completed the ethnic and religious differences. These social conditionings seemed to be much stronger for the individual who lived in a mixed ethnic and/or religious community. Over time, ethnic and religious determinisms has diluted, due to the impulse of modernisation and personal empowerment. The state, growing stronger over the years, imposed and promoted through the civil law a new perception of mixed marriages.
The confessional alterity by marriage has proven to be higher in cities than in villages, higher for the Greek-Catholics when compared with Orthodoxs, higher for women than for men. In the latter case the fact remains that women are more opened to mixed marriages within the ethnic group, while men have shown a more open attitude than women regarding the marriage with people of other ethnicities.|