A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change

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Psychology Press, 1998 - 685 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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This is a big book – 720 pages of tight type - covering all of Central and Eastern Europe from the Roman times to the present. It’s not a satisfying book. Most of the book is not original with the ... Read full review

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Poor merit, generalist approach, using proper terms "Eastern Europe" to address Central Europe. Not worth attention


Part I The Balkanization of Southeastern Europe
Part II East Central Europe prior to the Habsburg ascendancy
Part III East Central Europe during the Habsburg ascendancy
Part IV Eastern Europe between the two world wars
Part V In the shadow of Yalta

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