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...

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Bessarabia, from autonomy to independence

Romania’s decision to enter the First World War on the side of the Entente in the summer of 1916 seemed at first glance like an abandonment not only of Bessarabia, the old territory of the Moldavian voivodeship occupied by the Russian Empire in 1812, but also of the...

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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...

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Constanța under German occupation

Romania started fighting on the frontlines of the First World War in August 1916. Even though it had strong allies, the Germans did not take long to occupy Romanian territories. In the autumn of 1916, the German troops commanded by Prussian field marshal Anton Ludwig...

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