Russo-Turkish War (Moldova, Part 1)

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Russo-Turkish War (Moldova, Part 1)


Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812


In the Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812, Imperial Russia annexed Bessarabia (formerly known as the Republic of Moldavia) from the Ottoman Empire. After noticing the weakening of the Ottoman Empire, the Russian Empire began encroaching on Bessarabia (or present-day Moldova) in 1806. After the Russian Empire began occupying the eastern half of Bessarabia (between the Prut and Dniester rivers), six years of warfare broke out between the Ottomas and the Russians. In the Treaty of Bucharest (May 16, 1812), the Ottoman Empire officially gave over the entire land to the Russian Empire, after owning it for 300 years prior. The annexation of Bessarabie marked an entirely new social, political, and cultural climate for the area. By gaining Bessarabia, the Russian Empire became a major power in the Danube River area and the Transcaucus Region.

The image from below appears from an exhibit in the National Museum of Moldovan history, commemorating the annexation of Bessarabie to Russia as a moment of fusion between the East and the West. The image depicts Sultan Selim III of the Ottoman Empire on the top left side of the image giving away the land of Bessarabia to Russian Emperor Alexander I on the bottom right-hand side of the image.


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Mikhaĭlovskiĭ-Danilevskiĭ, Aleksandr Ivanovich, and Alexander Mikaberidze. Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812. West Chester, OH: Nafziger Collection, 2002. Print.

"Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812 and the Annexation of Bessarabia: Memory of the East and the West," Exhibitions, National Museum of History of Moldova. The National History Museum of Moldova, 2006. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.



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Ottoman Empire and Imperial Russian Empire


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