Danubius International Conferences, 13th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Historical and Ethnological Characteristics of Ethnic Romanians of Bessarabia

Mariia Sokolova
Last modified: 2023-06-20


The article examines the peculiarities of the settlement and development of the territory of Bessarabia, investigates the status of two parallel vectors – «Moldovanism» and «Romanism» that define two identities, and identifies two stages of Moldovan ethnogenesis: the formation of the Eastern Romanian ethnic community and the formation of the Moldovan nation itself. It is found that the formation of the modern national-regional picture of the Bessarabian region is evidence not only of the long process of forming the ethnogenesis of the Romanian-speaking population, but also of the life of representatives of other ethnic groups.