As farming and animal husbandry became the most common occupations, and since land
is needed for these occupations, the people became spread out throughout the land,
but cities failed to develop until recent times. Despite the growth of these cities,
Moldova is still primarily rural, however farms tend to be small so the country
is fairly densely populated.
Over time numerous people passed through or settled the region of Moldova today.
Over thousands of years some people pushed others out, while on other occasions
the people intermarried and new ethnicities or variations on ethnicities were created.
Despite these numerous people, the result from all these influences, were the Vlachs,
or Romanian people. The Romanians in what is today Moldova maintained their occupations
as farmers and herders until about the 1800s.
In the 1800s the Russians gained more influence in the region as ethnic Russians,
Ukrainians, and Jews settled the lands. At this time though the people, for the
most part, stopped intermarrying and ethnic tensions began. These tensions were
never overly violent as much as they were the people simply maintaining their own
cultures and only interacting when needed. This however changed in the early 1900s
with riots focused on pushing Jews out of the country, a move that left a void in
the population as most Jews departed.
Also during this time, in the late 1800s the industrial revolution made its way
to Moldova and these technological advancements changed the culture in Moldova.
With new technology, there was a shift in occupations as factories were built and
an urbanization occurred as people moved to the cities. Although this didn't
leave a gap in the countryside, it did create larger cities. Advancements in medicine
during this time also extended life spans and prevented many early deaths, creating
a huge population surge. Although this increasing population settled primarily in
the cities, the culture changed little as the cities still remained relatively small
and most of the people remained in the countryside.
Although under the rule of the Soviet Union industrialization and urbanization expanded,
the culture and way of life for the Moldovan people didn't change drastically.
One reason for this is because many ethnic Russians and Ukrainians settled the cities
and took these new jobs, so the ethnic Moldovans, for the most part, remained in
their fields and continued their rural way of life.
Today the way of life in Moldova is still based on their past as rural farmers who
hard work and work long hours. Moldovans live their lives much as they have in the
past, with a focus on family, friends, neighbors, and their livelihood, which for
many is agriculture and farming.