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Why does Romanian culture have Latin influences?

Romania was the ancient Roman province of Dacia. Under Roman rule, the province was systematically colonised and developed. It has been theorised that these Roman settlers, intermingling with ...
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Why does Romanian culture have Latin influences?

In addition to the excellent answer by Semaphore, there are some details about why Romania kept a much stronger character of the Latin culture and language, compared with surrounding countries. The ...
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What did the smaller values from the "Percentages Agreement" actually mean?

It didn't mean anything. The reality in 1944 is that they were dividing Southeastern Europe into British and Soviet spheres of influence. A country, if it was not neutral or jointly occupied (i.e., ...
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Why did modern "Romania" remain the most "Roman" part of the Balkans?

This is just speculation as I cannot back it up with any hard data but there might be a few causes: Dacia went an intensive colonization process after its conquest by Trajan causing a big chunk of ...
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Why does Romanian culture have Latin influences?

Disclaimer: I am not a historian, however I do have a passion for history, and have researched some of the theories regarding the origins of my language and culture. If my answer doesn't meet H SE ...
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What language(s) were spoken in 11th century Romania?

Roumania consists mostly of the three main sections Transylvania, Wallachia, and Moldavia. In the 11th century (1001 to 1100) and the 12th century (1101-1200) Transylvania, Wallachia, and Moldavia ...
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How did Moldova and Romania become separate in the first place?

I'm going to try to clarify this stuff from the beginning, since I see a lot of inaccuracies/misinformation in the previous answers (sorry guys!). So, today's Moldova is just roughly the eastern half ...
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How did Moldova and Romania become separate in the first place?

The reason appears to be that Moldova "traveled" with an adjacent region called Bessarabia. Romania and Moldova were under "common" rule for several hundred years, but only under ...
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How did Ceaușescu survive the condemnation of the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968?

Because the USSR didn't have unlimited resources. It was overmatched Vs Czechoslovakia, but invasions still cost money, labour, and materials. Czechoslovakia made the strategically sound decision to ...
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Did Stephen the Great know about the discovery of the New World?

I don't know of any sources directly about Stephen knowing this either, but it seems a fair assumption that he probably knew of it. The printing press disseminated news of the western discoveries very ...
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How did Ceaușescu survive the condemnation of the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968?

Romania was already on the sidelines of Soviet influence, pretty much sailed its own course through their socialist experiment. Their armed forces weren't under (direct) Soviet control like those of ...
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Oppression of non-ethnic Hungarians in Hungary pre 1800s

There was no really such pre 1800. As Samuel Russel points out, the modern concept of nations was born only during and after the French revolution. Hungary and Transylvania from the late medieval ...
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Why were there "Tributary States" to the Ottoman Empire?

This is (at least in part) caused by Britain and their balance of power strategy. The Ottoman empire was viewed somewhere between 'not a threat' yet 'integral to the balance of Europe'. A Russia ...
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In the "Immigrationist theory" of Romanians (Vlachs), how did they became the vast majority in Transylvania?

I don't think their current majority is an insurmountable problem for any immigration theory. At roughly the same time the coastal German tribes were migrating to England, and the southern Slavic ...
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Could Romania have remained neutral in WWII?

Based in historical facts, we might say that Romania was not neutral by then. Russia occupied Bessarabia and Bukovina from Romania early in the war. Hence, Romania neutrality was already violated. It ...
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Was Romania under German command during WWII?

The root cause of Romania's accommodating attitude towards Nazi Germany was a territorial dispute with Hungary. This dispute arose out of the Treaty of Trianon of 1920, which defined the borders of ...
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Was Romania under German command during WWII?

There was no room for "partial war" in WW2, especially in the East First, let's make a little digression. There is a certain interpretation of WW2 events, which claims that Finland did exactly the ...
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Why did modern "Romania" remain the most "Roman" part of the Balkans?

Since this is a speculative question, I'll add mine. Romania is singular among regions in East Europe in that it is guarded on three sides - and the sides facing the directions that barbarian ...
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How would an Allied promise to "supply" Romania sway that country?

It Didn't For a detailed description I would suggest The Romanian Battlefront in World War I by Glenn Torrey. The sparknotes answer is the 300 tons of daily supplies was a polite fiction. The allies ...
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How did Ceaușescu survive the condemnation of the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968?

Few weeks ago I heard an interview on Czech radio program Radiožurnál about a possible motivation of Soviet Union to invade Czechoslovakia with such violent force: Czechoslovakia - the Soviet Bloc's ...
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Why was the Imre Nagy government deported to Romania?

According to https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/new-evidence-romania-and-the-warsaw-pact-1955-1989#sthash.fQcgY9zu.dpuf "He [Emil Bodnaras, Romanian Minister of Transport and Communications, ...
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Is this theory on origins of modern-day Romania plausible?

Those backing the idea that Romanians are the descentants of Romance language speakers who arrived in the territory of modern day Romania during the Middle Ages are mainly Hungarian historians and ...
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What happened to Soviet POWs taken by non-German armies on WW2 Eastern front?

Have you found this? It says that most POWs captured by Hungarian forces were handed over to the Germans. The rest were treated badly in general. The Hungarian Occupation Forces had an auxiliary ...
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