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As with Wallachia, research into Moldavian medieval towns cannot be undertaken without an insight into the political, economic, and religious background of the area. The area between the Carpathians and the Dniester was uncommon in its political status. The birth of the principality of Moldavia is symbolically set in the year 1342. This is the year the Khan Uzbeg dies, and King Louis of Hungary rises to power. Historians investigated the sources for traces of political structures that predated the full emergence of Moldavia. The rivers that crossed the area, from the Danube and up to the Dnieper, were the commercial axes along which trading was carried out. The Mongol urban centres had no particular influence on the development of future Moldavian towns. Orheiul Vechi and Costesti were laid to waste when conquered.

Keywords: Carpathians; Danube; Dniester; King Louis of Hungary; Moldavian medieval towns; Mongol urban centres; Wallachia



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