Daniel CREŢU & Radu RACOVIȚAN
Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu, Facultatea de Ştiinţe Socio-Umane
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Istorie & Antropologie
The Visit of Czar Nicholas II at Constanța (14th of June, 1914), as reflected in the press of the Central Powers
The events preceding the First World War triggered a revival in Romanian foreign policy, oriented for three decades towards the Central Powers. The actions of the Vienna Cabinet –contrary to Romania’s interests –during the Balkan Wars (1912-1913), but especially the situation of Transylvanian Romanians, under the rule of the dualist Hungary, prompted the beginning of Romania’s reorientation to the Entente.
The great powers of the Entente, especially France and Russiasought to take full advantage of the deterioration of the Romanian-Austro-Hungarian relations. Russia was most interested in weakening the influence of AustriaHungary in the Balkans and to draw Romania on the side of the Entente.
As a result, the visit of Russia’s Tsar in Constanța on 14 June 1914 produced the most vivid agitation in German and Austro-Hungarian diplomatic circles due to the advances that the powers of the Entente made in Romania.
Keywords: The Central Powers, the Tsar of Russia, Constanța, the press, Romanian diplomacy