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Ethno-cultural processes in the Carpathian-Nistrian space between the 2nd-14th centuries AD in the soviet historiography

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


The thesis was presented on the 5 October, 2007
Approved by NCAA on the 20 December, 2007


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CZU 39(478)+94(478)-„1/-13”(043.3)

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170 pages


ethno-cultural processes, ethnos, people, nationality, nation, race, ethnic process, ethnogenesis, ethnic interpretation, east-Carpathian space, Prut-Nistru space, 1st millennium AD, migration of peoples geographic framework, paleoanthropology, ethnography, historiography, cartography, contact area, ethnic symbiosis, acculturation, assimilation, Romanization, early Christianity, linguistics, folklore, migration peoples, „formation of Moldavians”, Volohs, Slavs


The PhD dissertation with the title: „Ethno-cultural processes in the Carpathian-Nistrian space between the 2nd-14th centuries AD in the soviet historiography” represents a complex study focused on the reflection and interpretation of the ethno-cultural process from the 2nd-14th centuries AD east of Carpathians in the soviet historiography between 1946 and 1991.

In Introduction was presented the actuality of the researched topic, were established the geographic and chronologic limits of the dissertation, was evaluated the history and the present situation of the problem, were formulated the aim and the objectives of the research, the methodological and theoretical-scientific support, was defined the scientific novelty, its applied value and the approval of the investigation’s results.

In Chapter I. Archaeological contributions to studying the ethno-cultural process were stated the results of analyzing the archaeological sources from the 2nd-14th centuries to the east of Carpathians in the soviet historiography on the basis of three distinct chronological stages: I. 2nd-5th centuries; II. 6th-9th centuries; III. 10th-14th centuries and the main problems connected to their ethnic interpretation such as the Romanization process to the east of Carpathians and the distribution of the Christian belief in the 1st millennium AD, the emergence and evolution of the term vlah, the relations between the communities of farmers and animal breeders.

In Chapter II. Ethnogenesis – interdisciplinary and controversial problem were subjected to analysis aspects related to the study of ethno-cultural processes towards the east of Carpathians in the 2nd-14th centuries in such disciples as ethnography, folklore studies, linguistics and paleoanthropology. The place and the role of each science from the soviet historiography and their contribution to the explanation of the controversial ethno-cultural problems were highlighted. In the same chapter was analyzed the degree of impact of the political system on the scientific research in the framework of the soviet historiography, the manipulation of the results in order to form a new collective mentality and memory.

In Conclusion was presented the synthesis of the obtained results, the conclusion and the recommendations. A detailed chronology of the evolution of the soviet historiography researches regarding the investigated problem was presented as well. The soviet historiography was interpreted as a discipline strongly marked by the political factor in the totality of its aspects of research.