Today in European history: the Battle of Vaslui (1475)

It’s a confusing feature of modern Europe that the historical principality of “Moldavia” is more a precursor to modern Romania than modern Moldova, even though Moldova goes back to the former Soviet Republic of Moldavia. It’s a fact that more of historical Moldavia is now in Romania than in Moldova. For example, the Moldova River… Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Vaslui (1475)

Today in European history: the Battle of Vaslui (1475)

Anyway, this is all to explain why Stephen III of Moldavia (d. 1504) is today known as a national hero and great military leader in both Moldova and Romania–though maybe not very much outside of those two countries, which is a bit of a shame. Stephen III, who ruled Moldavia from 1457 until his death… Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Vaslui (1475)

Today in European history: the Battle of Vaslui (1475)

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“Moldavia” as it existed back in the late Middle Ages isn’t really a thing anymore. Its successor, I suppose, is the Republic of Moldova, but they’re not entirely the same thing. Moldova is the direct successor state to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldavia, but…

Today in European history: the Battle of Vaslui (1475)

“Moldavia” as it existed back in the late Middle Ages isn’t really a thing anymore. Its successor, I suppose, is the Republic of Moldova, but they’re not entirely the same thing. Moldova is the direct successor state to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldavia, but historical Moldavia was bigger than the Soviet state, encompassing parts… Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Vaslui (1475)