TITLE

RĂZBOIUL DE LA 1806-1812 -- ÎNTRE PROPAGANDĂ ŞI REALITATEA CÂMPULUI DE LUPTĂ

AUTHOR(S)
SOREANU, MIRCEA
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Review of Military History;2012, Issue 3/4, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The Peace of Bucharest (1812) signified the dismemberment of Moldova, without any legitimate or ethnic justification and without any historical right by Russia. Moldova between Prut and Dniester, an early Romanian province that belonged to the Principality of Moldavia since the 14th century, was largely inhabited by Moldovan Romanians. The Russian administrations called it Bessarabia, thus deforming a historical reality. The Russians actually took the historical name of a certain region from the south of Moldova, located between Dniester, Prut and the Danube, and extended it over the entire Eastern Moldova, occupied through the peace of Bucharest. From a legal point of view, there was a considerable difference between the territory called Bessarabia/Bugeac -- which was part of a pashalik/beylerbeylik, being administered civilly and militarily by the representatives of the Porte --, and the rest of Eastern Moldova, that is between Prut and Dniester, which was part of the autonomous Principality of Moldova, led by a Christian prince, who paid tribute to the sultan. Therefore, in 1812, Russia occupied half of the territory of a Christian state without taking into account the will of the Moldovans. The Ottoman Empire had managed to keep its much needed neutrality in the European conflict. From a strategic point of view, we think that the great victor was Great Britain, which succeeded to turn the alliances into its advantage. Therefore, it won the trust of the Porte, transforming it from an enemy into an ally and managed just in time to convince the Russians to sign the peace with the Ottomans and to withdraw their armies on the Danube in order to counter Napoleon's invasion
ACCESSION #
85207967

 

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