I've been interested in Ottoman history for quite a while. It's a shame that the Ottoman Empire is remembered in the West as a symbol of tyranny and brutality. People fail to remember the good parts about the Ottoman Empire. Its decline was inevitable, though. A lot of the non-Turkish people in the empire wanted their freedom.
My Albanian ancestors had left the Ottoman Empire a few hundred years ago to live in Italy, so the Ottomans would have been part of my family history.
Really ???? You know what i think ?! I think you're very stupid just by saying an ignorant thing like that. Historical Romania, includes other provinces that are missing from this map, such as, Bucovina, Transilvania, Banat, Crisana, Maramures, Pocutia, Transnistria and Timoc. And keep in mind for other times, don't ever tell a romanian what historical Romania looks like, we know better, we don't need some ignorant foreigner to tell us how it looks like !
You understand that your single comment could have you banned for flaming, correct ?
I am far from ignorant, and your own arrogance astounds me. When Romania gained independence from the Ottoman Empire it consisted of Oltenia, Wallachia, Dobruja, Moldavia and Bukovina. That is what it consists of on the map. Over the course of the next century it gained territory from Imperial Russia and Austria-Hungary, lost territory to Hungary, and in its current form no longer owns Bukovina, Moldavia or Bessarabia.
"Historical Romania" means its post-independence form, why you couldn't understand that is beyond me. Don't act overtly arrogant because you couldn't understand something. Goodbye.
You're right for the most part, but Romania still has Moldavia. Besserabia was part of Moldavia until the Russian Annexation, after which it was traded back and forth by the two nations, ending with the proclamation of the Moldovian SSR (Besserabia). After the Soviet Dissolution, Besserabia was split between the Republic of Moldova (has nothing to do with Moldavia) and Ukraine (Odessa Oblast).