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    STUDIA GEOGRAPHIA - Issue no. 1 / 2011  

Authors:  GRIGOR P. POP.

The Geographical-Historical Provinces of Romania. There are a large number of cases, especially in the Romanian mass-media, when recorded events are not exactly located in their rightful territorial place. This imprecise information which in some cases, represent the news headlines, may become really annoying for the viewer, especially when they are constantly repeated. This paper was written in order to support the news editors in mass media and other scientific fields, to give an accurate geographical location of different activities, events, and phenomena, which are the object of mass media news, in the geographical and historical provinces of Romania. Concerning the above mentioned information, it can be noticed that there seems to be no problem regarding the geographical and historical provinces in the East (Moldavia), South-East (Dobrudja) and South of Romania (Muntenia and Oltenia). On the other hand, in the central and western parts of Romania, a shadow is cast over the boundaries of the provinces, and this is what the paper is supposed to clarify. These provinces are defined, on one hand, by geographical features (morphology, climate, drainage, vegetation, soil, soil and mineral resources, population and settlements, human activities and the products obtained by the inhabitants of different territories) and, on the other hand, by historical facts, that have happened throughout the time, which helped clarifying the shape and the geographical location of the provinces, especially in the central and western parts of Romania. Eight historical and geographical provinces are well defined within Romania: Transylvania (in the centre of Romania), Banat, Crişana, Maramureş (the western part of Romania), Moldavia (in the East), Dobrudja (in the South-East), Muntenia and Oltenia (in the South).

Keywords: Romania, geographical-historical provinces, Transylvania, Banat, Crişana, Maramureş, Moldavia, Dobrudja, Muntenia, Oltenia.

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