Alexandru Ioan Cuza (portrait by Mișu Popp) (Alexandru Ioan I, also anglicised as Alexander John Cuza; 1820 – 1873) was Prince of Moldavia, Prince of Wallachia, and later Domnitor (ruler) of the Romanian Principalities. He was a prominent figure of the Revolution of 1848 in Moldavia. He initiated a series of reforms that contributed to the modernization of Romanian society and of state structures.
Prince Stephen III The Great (c Jul 1504 age Romania by Unknown Artist, father of Princess Elena (Olena-Ilincu) Stepanovna Jan Romania (wife of Grand Prince Ivan The Young Ivanovich Rurik (Ioann Ioannovich-Ivan Molodoy) Feb Mar Russia).
A map of Romania in Transylvania and Bukovina were Austrian provinces with ethnic Romanians, making them targets for expansion. So was Bessarabia, the Russian province on the Dniester river. All are, or have been, part of modern Romania.