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name comes from the Latin word romanus, which means "citizen of Rome."
Despite the historic name and its accuracy as the lands and people were under Roman
rule, the name is a more recent addition and has only been used since the 1500s.
The Romanian people are a combination of their neighbors ethnically, their lifestyle
is still heavily rooted in the lands, and their culture is a combination of multiple
influences over time; the greatest of these coming from the Romans, who lent the
people their name and language. However, since this time other influences have made
just as significant impacts.
The Romanians are a combination of peoples, but the similarity that linked them
all in the past and continues to link them today is that they lived off the lands
and the lifestyle is heavily dependent on this. Even today many people make a living
in farming and raising animals as the sun and weather do a great deal in determining
the lifestyle and daily routine. However, the Carpathian Mountains also separate
the people to a degree and north of the mountains there is a substantial Hungarian
Although this historic lifestyle based on the lands is still common today to a great
degree, many changes have also occurred. The Roman Empire arrived to the region
and they made an incredibly significant impact as the people gained a new language.
Ties to this and later the Byzantine Empire also led to the introduction of Christianity
and the region's ties to the Greeks and other people connected to the Byzantine
Later influences also arrived, including in the form of the Turks, Austrians, Hungarians,
and Russians. The Russians didn't have a significant impact, but their successor,
the Soviet Union greatly changed the culture and people. Communism arrived to Romanian
and, although independent from the Soviet Union, the Soviets allowed communism to
last much longer than most of the Romanians would have preferred.
Communism in Romania destroyed the economy and changed the culture and lifestyle.
The country quickly urbanized and industrialized as the economy shifted from agriculture
to industrial production. Advancements in technology also arrived, but often in
the form of high taxes. However, many aspects of the culture remained, including
foods and the language among many others, although ethnic Hungarians were at times
treated harshly. The lifestyle also changed as people urbanized, although most of
the people remained in the towns and villages and even today many people live simple
lives based off the lands.
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