Ion Antonescu’s regime during September 1940 – June 1941. Measures taken to regain the lost provinces in the summer of 1940


  • Elena Cazacu Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava


Antonescu’s regime, Romanian provinces, territorial losses, administrative measures, Bukovina


The impact produced by events occurring in the international arena in 1939 were felt by Romania starting with the summer of 1940 when the country was forced to give up without a fight the Romanian provinces acquired in 1918. Consequences were not only social and economic, but also political, causing King Carol II abdication in favour of his son, Mihai and the investment with full powers to run the Romanian state of General Ion Antonescu. Understanding the impact produced by the summer raptures in 1940 among the Romanian population, Antonescu decided to establish as main objective for both the foreign policy and the domestic one the recovery of these territories. Given his decision to participate in the summer of 1941 in the war against USSR, the present study aims to present different measures taken by his regime during September 1940 – June 1941 to regain the lost provinces.

Author Biography

Elena Cazacu, Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava

Elena Cazacu is a PhD candidate at Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava. Her PhD thesis is on the actions taken by the Romanian administration in Southern Bukovina during 1944 and her research interests include the history of Bukovina, the Second World War, contemporary, oral, local & social history