"An insightful and much-needed synthesis addressed to all
those who want to understand Romanian history. politics, culture, and society."
As a country, Romania has only been in existence since 1859,
but the history of its people stretches back to the late Bronze Age and the
early Iron Age, to the Geto-Dacians and the Romans. This concise yet thorough
narrative tells the fascinating story of the evolution of the Romanians, the
creation of the Romanian Principalities, their struggle against empire-building
powers, and their eventual unification to form the state of Romania. Many
chapters begin with a section called "Perspective," which provides context for
Romanian history by describing events occurring simultaneously in other parts of
Europe. The book's engaging, accessible format features over eighty
illustrations, maps, and charts. It is ideal for the student, traveler, or
generally curious reader.