The Entente puts the pressure on Romania to enter the war

During the period of Romania’s neutrality between 1914 and 1916, the Entente made great efforts to attract the country to its side. If Romania entered the war it would have eased the pressure exerted by the Germans on the Western Front, but would have exposed the...

Queen Marie of Romania and her children, threatened by the Austro-Hungarian ambassador to Bucharest

From August 4, 1914 to August 27, 1916, Romania maintained its neutrality, even though at the onset of the First World War it had been a member of the Triple Alliance since 1883. Romania was not a unique case. On July 28, 1914, Italy, which had also been a member of...

The death of King Carol I of Romania as seen through the eyes of the Central Powers

When the First World War started, Romania had been a member of the Triple Alliance since 1883. However, just one month before the start of the conflict, King Carol I of Romania warned his allies in Berlin and Vienna that it would be impossible for him to mobilize the...

The unification of Bessarabia with Romania, an accomplishment made in the most difficult moment in the history of the Romanian state

In the first two months of 1918, Romania and Bessarabia were subjected to great external pressures. Following the resignation of Prime Minister Ion I.C. Brătianu, General Alexandru Averescu was entrusted by King Ferdinand with the formation of a new Government on...

The recognition of the union of Bessarabia with Romania

Bessarabia was the first province with a majority Romanian population to join with the Old Kingdom at the end of the First World War after it declared its independence from Bolshevik Russia and formed a separate state under the name of the Moldavian Democratic...

Tolkien’s War: Mordor Was Born in World War I

After getting married in 1916, Tolkien was then sent to the Western front in France a few months later, just in time for the Battle of the Somme. Those who have read or watched J.R.R. Tolkien’s epics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringsknow that the stories often veer...

What happened to the Lost Treasure Of The Tsars

Looking back at the First World War there are many events and that sparked controversy to this day and mysteries to be cleared up. One of this is what happened to the royal treasure of the tsars? The story of the Tsars gold has transcended to the status of legend...

Lenin’s April Theses, April 1917

In Russian the "Aprelskiye Tezisy", the April Theses formed a programme developed by Lenin during the 1917 Russian Revolution.  In these Lenin called for Soviet control of the state.  When published the theses contributed to the July Days rising and to the subsequent...

The Abdication of Nicholas II

Nicholas II signed his abdication on 15 March 1917 (2 March, Julian Calendar), at 3.05 pm. The document was countersigned by the Minister of the Imperial Court, and directed to the Chief of Staff. In the days of the great struggle against the foreign enemies, who for...

Why wasn’t Germany invaded at the end of World War One?

The Third Reich was invaded in 1945 from West and East by the Anglo-American and Soviet troops respectively. In order to be victorious over it, they had to effectively destroy the National-Socialist regime. However, the Entente was not in the same situation at the end...