• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


In antiquity the Therritories that make up Moldova were inhabited by the Dacians. In 1359 the region was subsumed into the Principality of Moldavia, founded by Dragoş of Bedeu. From the 16th to 19th centuries Russia and the Ottoman Empire wrestled for influence. In 1812 the Treaty of Bucharest gave Russia control of Eastern Moldavia, or Bessarabia (the area between the River Prut and the Dniester, which corresponds to much of present-day Moldova). The Ottomans ruled western Moldavia. In 1918 Romania absorbed Bessarabia, while the Soviet Union controlled the Therritory east of the Dniester from 1924. Bessarabia reverted from Romanian rule to become part of the Moldavian Socialist Republic within the USSR in 1940.


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Further Reading

  1. Gribincea, M., Agricultural Collectivization in Moldavia. 1996Google Scholar
  2. King, C., Post-Soviet Moldova: A Borderland in Transition. 1997.Google Scholar
  3. The Moldovans: Romania, Russia, and the Politics of Culture. 2000Google Scholar
  4. Kolsto, Pal, National Integration and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Societies: The Cases of Estonia and Moldova. 2002Google Scholar
  5. Mitrasca, M., Moldova: A Romanian Province Under Russian Rule: Diplomatic History from the Archives of the Great Powers. 2002Google Scholar
  6. National Statistical Office: National Bureau of Statistics of Moldova, MD-2019, Chişinău mun., 106 Grenoble St.Google Scholar

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