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Title:
Historical dictionary of the Republic of Moldova
Author:
Brezianu, Andrei.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
lxi, 274 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780810837348
Format :
Book

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A comprehensive and compelling work that provides insight into a land that has gone largely unnoticed in European studies. Appropriate for both students and scholars, it will illuminate and inform.


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Brezianu (a Rumanian academic who has taught in both Romania and the US) offers this guide to the nation situated between Romania and Ukraine. Since the 19th century, the territory now called Moldova has been contested between the various Russian empires and Romania, and has variously been known as Bessarabia, the Moldavian SSR, Moldavia, and Moldova. The 227 pages of entries are prefaced by a chronology covering events from 100 CE to 1999. A pronunciation guide and list of abbreviations used in the text are provided. A 20-page introduction summarizes the history of the region since the 14th century. Entries for place names are listed under current usage with cross-references from earlier names; e.g., Kishinev is cross-referenced to Chisinau. The 40-page subject bibliography covers history, politics, culture, art, and the economy. Materials cited are in English, Moldavian, and Russian. The compiler contrasts Russian, Western, and Moldavian interpretations of Moldavian history in an essay accompanying the bibliography. Libraries specializing in East European studies will need this title; others will want to consider adding it as a basic introduction to Moldova. M. Stark; Southern Methodist University