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The logistics of Russian troops in Bessarabia (1812-1874)

Author: Leșcu Anatolie
Degree:doctor habilitat of history
Speciality: 07.00.02 - History of Romanians (with specification of time period)
Scientific adviser: Ion Eremia
doctor habilitat, professor, Moldova State University
Institution: Moldova State University


The thesis was presented on the 1 April, 2022
Approved by NCAA on the 1 July, 2022


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CZU [94(478)+94(470)]1812/1874(043.3)

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318 pages


Bessarabia, Russian Empire, russian army, logistics, military services, war, the population, quartering, social relations, military abuses


Thesis structure: list of abbreviations, introduction, six chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography (266 titles), 270 pages of main text (up to bibliography), 11 figures, 20 tables. The obtained results are published in 28 scientific works, of which 3 monographs.

Field of study: History of Romanians.

Purpose of research is to study the process of logistical assurance of Russian troops and military structures stationed in Bessarabia, both in peacetime and in war, in the years 1812-1874.

Research objectives: analysis of specialized literature and historical sources on the logistical provision of Russian troops in the years 1812-1874; elucidation of the problem regarding the supply of the Russian army stationed in Bessarabia during the researech period; studying the problem of supplying the army in the years 1812-1874; analysis on the encampment and supply of the military by the local population during the encampments; elucidation of problems in relations between the Russian military and the local population; calculation of the financial cost of the army`s maintenance in the years 1830-1853; appreciation of the economic role played by the people of Bessarabia during the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829 and the Crimean War (1853–1856).

Scientific novelty and originality: it consists in elucidating the role played by the Russian army and its institutions in the history of the region, as well as the price paid by the population and society for their support. This issue has been analyzed on several components, in chronological periods, in time of peace and war. The role of Bessarabia is not seen separately, but in the context of the military system of the Russian Empire. The results obtained: a new scientific direction was created in the study of the national history regarding the influence of the occupation military institutions and the benefits imposed on the population on the socio-economic and cultural development of the region in the modern era.

Theoretical significance: resides from a unique theoretical and methodological framework based on the achievements of the historiography of the problem, in the context of continuity of factological research. The important aspect is also the interdusciplinary character of the study, at the limit of history, military history, military science, sociology, statistics.

Practical value of research: researching, on the basis of archival documents, various aspects of military history, civil-military relations in the past, demographic and antropological problems, little researched or not investigated in last.

Implementation of research findings: the research findings are capitalized by conducting a special cours at the Military Academy of the Armed Forces „Alexandru cel Bun”, by participation in international and national scientific confferences, by publication of articles, studies and monographs.