The Political Status of Bessarabia

The Political Status of Bessarabia

The Political Status of Bessarabia

The Political Status of Bessarabia

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The attractive volume to which the author has graciously asked me to contribute what he is pleased to term an "Introduction," but which in reality is more an appreciation of the honor he does me, was prepared as a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University exactly three years ago. I had read the thesis before the examination for the degree, which I was privileged to attend; later I read it in a revised form; and I have since read it in the proof sheets of the present volume, after it had undergone further modifications, in order to make it, in its author's opinion, more worthy of the cause which he was privileged to represent.

Dr. Popovici believes in the newer diplomacy, the very heart and soul of which is frankness. Therefore, he does not leave his readers in suspense as to the thesis which he maintains, but informs them of his belief that the title to Bessarabia, originally Roumanian, belongs of right to Roumania for historical reasons and also because of the express desire of the Bessarabians, who prefer to associate with their Roumanian kinsmen rather than with the Russians, whom they look upon as strangers and as not entitled to Bessarabia, much less to the allegiance of the vast majority of uncolonized inhabitants who prefer to be a part of the Kingdom of Roumania.

The reasons which move the author to maintain this thesis are that Bessarabia was originally and for centuries an integral part of what we now call Roumania; that it was later separated by force of arms from Turkey, which . . .

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