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Brief Romanian Military History

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One of the first historical mentions of an armed conflict in what is now Romania dates back to 335 B.C., when, prior to launching his legendary Asian campaign, Alexander the Great organized an expedition over the Western shore of the Danube to deter the Gaets and secure the frontier of the Macedonian Kingdom. Since then, the land located on the Black Sea and nestled amongst the Carpathian Mountains has seen more than its fair share of military struggles. Whether referring to the country's fight for independence ...

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Overview

One of the first historical mentions of an armed conflict in what is now Romania dates back to 335 B.C., when, prior to launching his legendary Asian campaign, Alexander the Great organized an expedition over the Western shore of the Danube to deter the Gaets and secure the frontier of the Macedonian Kingdom. Since then, the land located on the Black Sea and nestled amongst the Carpathian Mountains has seen more than its fair share of military struggles. Whether referring to the country's fight for independence against the Ottoman Empire in the 14th Century or the December Revolution in the late 20th Century, Romania's military history has been long and varied. This book presents a chronological and detailed narrative of the significant events in the nation's military history, covering everything from the campaign of the Persian king Darius I against the Scythians in 514 B.C. to Romania's admission into NATO in April of 2004. Beginning with a full chronology of the country's most important and decisive military events, Brief Romanian Military History then presents a general overview of 2500 years of Romanian history. Complete with biographies of significant military leaders and entries on important battles, wars, military organizations, structures, fortresses, uniforms, and weapons for each of the historical eras chronicled, this book is an essential reference tool for scholars, historians, anthropologists, journalists, and all others interested in the history of Romania.

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Editorial Reviews

National Intelligence Journal
This book is an important contribution to the literature that includes an empirically rich account of Romania's military history in the territories that are now part of Romania....A valuable source of reference....Carefully researched and well written....The book contains a wealth of information that is accessible and well organized to serve as a reference to events and leaders and is a source of insights on the perceptions and actions that have driven history over the course of centuries. Brief Romanian Military History is a valuable resource for a range of readers - professionals and students alike.
Dennis E. Showalter
Here is where this work makes its contribution. It is not a military history in the conventional sense. Instead Hentea presents a series of anecdotes and vignettes, loosely structured on chronological lines that offer an insight into Romania's military self-image. These pages present how Romania wishes to be seen in military contexts—and no less significantly, how it wishes to be seen by the West it seeks to rejoin in the twenty-first century. He demonstrates that a nation need not sacrifice its history and identity to be both a good neighbor and a full partner in an New European Order.
Reference and Research Book News
This volume traces Romania's military history from the campaign of the Persian king Darius I against the Scythians in 514 B.C. to Romania's admission into NATO in 2004. Presented as a series of brief descriptions and in the context of the country's identity in Western culture and civilization, biographies of key individuals, descriptions of battles, wars, organizations, structures, uniforms, and weapons are provided. The book is aimed at historians, anthropologists, journalists, and others.
May 2007 Wisconsin Bookwatch
...ideal for world military history and reference shelves.
No. 3 (September 2007) Modern Military Spirit Magazine
...a useful documentary tool and database for any reader interested in the basic facts and figures of Romanian military history.
National Intelligence Journal - Boyka Stefanova
Colonel Hentea is a widely noted writer on and contributor to the history of the Romanian armed forces and a staff officer of the Romanian General Staff. Brief Romanian Military History reflects his extensive insights into the complex evolution and critical significance of the Romanian armed forces in the building up of national unity. This book is an important contribution to the literature that includes an empirically rich account of Romania's military history in the territories that are now part of Romania.... carefully researched and well written.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810858206
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Brief History (Scarecrow Press) Ser.
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Calin Hentea is a colonel in the Romanian Armed Forces currently working in the psychological operation section of the Romanian General Staff. He has published several books on propaganda, media war, and military history.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Romanian Historical Terms Part 3 Abbreviations and Acronyms Part 4 1 Chronology Part 5 2 The First Conflicts of Antiquity: 6th Century BC to AD 2nd Century Part 6 3 The Great Migrations and the Formation of the Romanian Nation and Medieval States Part 7 4 The Anti-Ottoman Wars, from Mircea the Old to Vlad Tepes Part 8 5 The Apogee of the Anti-Ottoman Wars, from Stephen the Great to Michael the Brave: 1457-1601 Part 9 6 The Army and Romanian Battles from the 17th Century to the Eve of the 19th Century: 1601-1821 Part 10 7 From People's Assembly to the Modern Romanian Armed Forces: 1821-1867 Part 11 8 The War of Independence: 1877-1878 Part 12 9 From the Middle of the 19th Century to the Beginning of the 20th Century Part 13 10 Romanian Participation in the Second Balkan War Part 14 11 From the Danube to the Tisa River: 1914-1919 Part 15 12 The Interwar Period Part 16 13 From the Caucasus and Stalingrad to Budapest and Vienna's Porte Part 17 14 From Jacket to Rubashka: 1945-1989 Part 18 15 Romanian Military Involvement in the Revolution of December 1989 Part 19 16 At the Turn of the Millennuum: On the Way to NATO Part 20 Notes Part 21 Selected Bibliography Part 22 About the Author

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