ROMANIA UNTIL WORLD WAR II
The region making up contemporary Romania has probably had the most complex history in eastern Europe. 1 Despite the fact that a part of that country was once a remote province of the Roman Empire to which Ovid was banished, 2 this old country has had a rather short written history. "In the diaries of many centuries, Romanians went almost unnoticed." 3
Neither monuments nor documents have been preserved. For century after century the people of Romania have been dominated by foreign powers, so that the stream of their history has remained submerged; and, as a consequence, the peoples of Romania have had less opportunity to unify than had other East- Europeans.
The Roman towns of that province were destroyed by wandering tribes of invaders (mainly Huns) at the beginning of the fourth century. Nonetheless, the migration of Latin-speaking people to this province continued until the sixth century. From the East, many peoples migrated through Romania's territories: Goths, Huns, Avars, Bulgars, and others. Some influence on the culture and language of Romanian territories was exercised by Slavs who moved in during the sixth and seventh centuries and slowly merged with the native population. Beginning in the ninth century, the Hungarians arrived in