Foreign Language Study

A Description of Moldavia

Author: Dimitrie Cantemir

Publisher: Center For Romanian Studies

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Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 276

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Written by one of the country's most renowned rulers, A Description of Moldavia provides unique insight into the geography, history, economy, ethnography, culture, and traditions of the principality. Born to a noble family, the author, Dimitrie Cantemir, ruled as Prince of Moldavia on two occasions (March-April 1693 and 1710-1711). He was a famed statesman, philosopher, and scholar. Having sided with Peter the Great and Russia in a war against the Ottoman Empire to free his land from Turkish domination, Cantemir was driven into exile. The end of his second reign marked the beginning of the Phanariot regime in the Romanian principalities. Cantemir wrote his Description of Moldavia (Descriptio Moldaviae) in 1716 at the request of the Royal Academy in Berlin, of which he was a member. Originally composed in Latin, it circulated in manuscript during his lifetime but was not published as a book until 1771 when a German-language edition appeared in print. Cantemir's manuscript included a map (reproduced in the present edition), the first real map of the country, containing geographical detail. The book provides a wealth of information about the country's natural resources, political organization, customs and traditions, history, religion, and language. This deluxe edition of this classic work marks the first time A Description of Moldavia has appeared in the English language. An introduction and notes by Dr. A.K. Brackob, a noted specialist on Romanian and East European history, enhance this valuable historical resource.
History

Moldova

Author: Rebecca Haynes

Publisher: I.B. Tauris

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Category: History

Page: 256

View: 524

Moldova is a new nation-state with a long history. Despite only recently gaining independence, following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Moldova's roots stretch all the way back to the Principality of Moldavia, established in 1359. After centuries toiling under Ottoman control, and latterly Russian Imperial rule, the Moldovans briefly tasted independence in the early twentieth century, before being annexed by the Soviet Union. In recent times, the Transnistrian Dispute has once again threatened the sovereignty, and indeed the independence, of Moldova and this conflict remains unresolved today. For the first time in English, this book places the problems of contemporary Moldova in a long-term historical perspective. It argues that the Moldovans' complex relations with the Russians and the West are not simply the product of the Soviet era but have their roots in earlier centuries. Haynes contends that the Moldovan lands, and Moldovan identity and culture, have long been contested: by the Roman and Byzantine Empires of antiquity, by the expanding Hungarian and Polish-Lithuanian kingdoms in the Middle Ages, by the Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian and Soviet empires in more recent centuries, and by the Romanian state. The book provides a political and cultural history of the growth and development of the medieval Principality of Moldova, the Principality's partition and Russian rule in Bessarabia from 1812, Bessarabia under Romanian rule in the inter-war period, Soviet Moldova and the independent Republic of Moldova.
Political Science

Moldova and the Transdnestr Republic

Author: Nicholas Dima

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Category: Political Science

Page: 194

View: 610

Nicholas Dima provides a concise historical background of Moldova, a former province of Romania, from its years as a territory of the Soviet empire to the post-Soviet era when Russia refused to relinquish its grasp on the disputed region. Dima shows how Moscow is now attempting to regain its former geopolitical power by means of assistance to the self-proclaimed Transdnestr region of Moldova -- the last Marxist stronghold in the former Soviet space -- through which it could potentially gain a new foothold on the Balkans and surprise Europe and the world once again.
History

From Moldavia to Moldova

Author: Nicholas Dima

Publisher:

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Category: History

Page: 194

View: 971

An updated (to January 1991) edition of the 1982 account of what, at last report, was Soviet Moldavia since World War II. Presents Soviet, Romanian, and Moldavian views of what country the territory should be, or be part of. No index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

“The” Present State of Turkey, Or a Description of the Political, Civil and Religious Constitution, Government and Laws of the Ottoman Empire... Together with the Geographical, Political and Civil State of the Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia, from Observations Made, During a Residence of Fifteen Years in Constantinople and the Turkish Provinces, by Thomas Thornton,... The 2d Edition, with Corrections and Additions

Author: esquire Thomas Thornton

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History

The A to Z of Moldova

Author: Andrei Brezianu

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

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Category: History

Page: 498

View: 161

The A to Z of Moldova, through its chronology, introduction, appendixes, maps, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects, traces the history of this small, but densely populated country, providing a compass for the direction it is heading.