Call for Book Chapters: The Armed Conflict on the Dniester: Political and Social Implications for the Republic of Moldova

The war on the Dniester, which experienced a phase of military operations between March and August 1992, tragically marked the birth of the state of the Republic of Moldova. Three decades later, resolving the conflict still seems far from a political solution. Reconstructing the facts and de-ideologizing the interpretation of the causes, essence, and consequences of the war remains a difficult task for historians and political scientists, who need additional expertise in various relevant fields such as international law, constitutionalism, geopolitics, strategic studies, security studies, or economic analysis. Unfortunately, sequential research and published memoirs remain partisan, with strong tendencies to provide founding myths to conflicting parties.

The Laboratory for Transnistrian Conflict Analysis (Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu) and the Balkan History Association invite scholars from all ranks to submit abstracts on topics regarding: 1) the political and geopolitical causes of the war; 2) evaluations of documentary sources and partial analyses; 3) quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the combat forces: level of training; professionalism of the command structures; tactics, weapons, and equipment; 4) the specifics of the organization and action of the paramilitaries; 5) reconstitution of relevant military operations; 6) the interests of international actors and their political and military actions; 7) political/patriotic capitalization of the facts of war. We encourage applicants to propose their own criteria and use intensive interdisciplinary methodologies.

Submission procedure

The volume will be published by Peter Lang (in the series “South-East European History”). Original manuscripts should be prepared following the editorial guide of Peter Lang available on its website, especially “Style Guidelines – British English” and “Submission Guidelines“. Manuscripts must not have been published, submitted for publication or available on the internet elsewhere. Interdisciplinary work is particularly welcome. Please submit your proposal, including the title of your manuscript, an abstract (up to 300 words), and an author’s biography (up to 100 words) to all editors. The abstract should include the research question and purpose, the approach and main ideas, and results. No figures, tables, footnotes, or endnotes should be included in the abstract. Articles should not exceed 8,000 words in length including footnotes and references (reference list or bibliography).


January 31, 2021: Submit proposals to editors
February 7, 2021: Notification of accepted proposals
May 30, 2022: Receipt of full studies for review
June 30, 2022: Revised studies re-submitted to editors
July 30, 2022: Approved studies delivered to publisher


Eugen Străuțiu (Laboratory for Transnistrian Conflict Analysis, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu),

Victor Juc (Institute of Legal, Political and Sociological Research, Chișinău),

Robert E. Hamilton (Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College),

Steven D. Roper (Department of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University),

Dareg Zabarah-Chulak (Balkan History Association),

William E. Crowther (University of North Carolina at Greensboro),

Please circulate this call for papers among your colleagues and other potentially interested scholars.

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