The Republic of Moldova claims a European lineage reaching back in time long before its 14th century accession to statehood. In the 15th century, it managed against all odds to avoid being conquered by Islam andalbeit an intermittent vassal after 1485it maintained its autonomy and was never turned into a province of the Ottoman Empire. After this period, however, Moldova would not be so fortunate, as it altered between Russian, Romanian, and Soviet control until it finally gained its independence in 1991 from the Soviet Union. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary 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.
About the Author
Andrei Brezianu is a specialist in European intellectual history and has taught at the Free University of Moldova, the Catholic University of America, and the University of Bucharest. Vlad Spânu is the president of the Moldova Foundation in Washington, DC. He served as a senior Moldovan diplomat both in Chisinau and abroad between 1992 and 2001.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Reader's Note Part 5 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 6 Maps Part 7 Chronology Part 8 Introduction Part 9 THE DICTIONARY Part 10 Appendix A: Chairpersons of Moldova's Legislative Bodies Part 11 Appendix B: Presidents of Moldova Part 12 Appendix C: Prime Ministers of Moldova Part 13 Bibliography Part 14 About the Authors