One of the important phenomena in the human history is population migration. People were in motion for various reasons. Perhaps most often it was an effort to find better living conditions. This reason can also be found behind the so-called Wallachian colonization, i.e. the settlement of the mountain areas of the Carpathian arc by Vlachs, a pastoral ethnic group of Eastern Romance origin who subsisted on sheep- and goat-breeding. From the 14th century the Vlachs from Wallachia, Transylvania or Moldova penetrated into the territory of northeastern Hungary, Red Ruthenia or Galicia, Lesser Poland, eastern, central and northwest Slovakia and reached the westernmost edge of the Carpathian arc, eastern Moravia. The Wallachian settlement of the areas mentioned lasted until the 17th century. The Vlachs lived according to special customs called Wallachian law, which also attracted the local population (Ruthenians, Poles, Slovaks), so that very soon the Wallachian settlers mixed with local inhabitants who were also called Vlachs. It seems that the further north and west colonization progressed, the less ethnic Romanians were among the herders. Nevertheless, thanks to the Vlachs, a peculiar spiritual and material culture infiltrated this territory, which had been quickly adopted and developed into a special form of folk culture surviving almost to this day.

The Balkan History Association is preparing a volume dedicated to this special phenomenon of history. Although the topic of Wallachian colonization has long been the subject of interest for many researchers, we are still facing a number of questions that deserve appropriate attention. Especially when they serve to clarify the process that had influenced the social and economic development of large areas of Central and Eastern Europe. The volume will be published by Peter Lang (Series “South-East European History”).

The Balkan History Association invites authors to submit their paper proposals with special emphasis on:

  • the historiography of Wallachian colonization
  • the spread of the Wallachian law in East Central Europe
  • the ethnic aspects of Wallachian colonization
  • the religious aspects of Wallachian colonization
  • the cultural aspects of Wallachian colonization, Wallachian culture
  • the nature and landscape changes in the process of Wallachian colonization
  • Wallachian (Romanian) elements in the toponymy of the Carpathians

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).


November 25, 2021: Submission of the proposals to editors
November 30, 2021: Notification of accepted proposals
March 15, 2022: Receipt of final chapters for peer-review
April 30, 2022: Revised chapters re-submitted to editors
June 30, 2022: Approved chapters submitted for publishing


Miloš Marek (Trnava University),

Grzegorz Jawor (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University),

Adinel C. Dincă (Babeș-Bolyai University),

John Polemikos (Balkan History Association),

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

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