A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change

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Routledge, 2006 M04 10 - 704 pages

A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change is a wide-ranging single volume history of the "lands between", the lands which have lain between Germany, Italy, and the Tsarist and Soviet empires.

Bideleux and Jeffries examine the problems that have bedevilled this troubled region during its imperial past, the interwar period, under fascism, under communism, and since 1989. While mainly focusing on the modern era and on the effects of ethnic nationalism, fascism and communism, the book also offers original, striking and revisionist coverage of:

* ancient and medieval times
* the Hussite Revolution, the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation
* the legacies of Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire and the Hapsburg Empire
* the rise and decline of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
* the impact of the region's powerful Russian and Germanic neighbours
* rival concepts of "Central" and "Eastern" Europe
* the 1920s land reforms and the 1930s Depression.

Providing a thematic historical survey and analysis of the formative processes of change which have played the paramount roles in shaping the development of the region, A History of Eastern Europe itself will play a paramount role in the studies of European historians.

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Status of Kindom of Hungary before the 1848 revolution.
Kingdom of Hungary was regnum independens, a separate Monarchy as Article X of 1790 stipulated.[5] According to the Constitutional law and
public law, the Empire of Austria had never lawfully included the Kingdom of Hungary.[6] After the cessation of the Holy Roman Empire (Kingdom of Hungary was not part of it) the new title of the Habsburg rulers (Emperor of Austria) did not in any sense affect the laws and the constitution of Hungary according to the Hungarian Diet and the proclamation of Francis I in a rescript,[7] thus the country was part of the other Lands of the empire largely through the common monarch.[5]
The administration and government of the Kingdom of Hungary were not united with the common administrational and governmental structure of the Austrian Empire. The central governmental structures remained well separated from the imperial government, and they were linked largely by the person of the common monarch. The country was governed by the Council of Lieutenancy of Hungary (the Gubernium) - located in Pressburg and later in Pest - and by the Hungarian Royal Court Chancellery in Vienna.[8]
The Empire of Austria and Kingdom of Hungary had always maintained separate parliaments. (See: Imperial Council (Austria) and Diet of Hungary.) Legally, except for the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, common laws never existed in the Empire of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary.
From 1527 (the creation of the monarchic personal union) to 1851 the Kingdom of Hungary maintained its own customs borders which separated it from the other parts of the Habsburg-ruled territories.[9]
Since the beginnings of the personal union (from 1527), the government of Kingdom of Hungary could preserve its separate and independent budget. After the defeat of the revolution of 1848-1849, the Hungarian budget was amalgamated with the Austrian, and it was only after the Compromise of 1867 that Hungary received a separate budget.[10]
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Part I The Balkanization of Southeastern Europe
35
Part II East Central Europe prior to the Habsburg ascendancy
110
Part III East Central Europe during the Habsburg ascendancy
268
Part IV Eastern Europe between the two world wars
412
Part V In the shadow of Yalta
527
Bibliography
657
Index
673
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Jeffries teaches at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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