The Moldovans: Romania, Russia, and the Politics of Culture

Monday, December 20, 1999

Throughout the past two centuries, Moldova was the object of a variety of culture-building efforts from Russian, Romanian, and Soviet influences before emerging as an independent state in 1991. The author

  • Highlights the political uses of culture—the ways in which language, history, and identity can be manipulated by political elites
  • Examines why some attempts to mold identity succeed where others fail
  • Reveals why, in the case of Moldova, a project of identity construction succeeded in creating a state but failed to make an independent nation

Copyright 1999.