A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change

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Psychology Press, 1998 - History - 685 pages
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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. Its not a satisfying book. Most of the book is not original with the ... Read full review

Contents

from ancient
35
national states
97
THE DISPUTED ROOTS
111
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING
265
The rise of the Habsburg Empire
275
18491914
332
War nationalism and imperial disintegration
375
THE NEW POLITICAL ORDER
407
The lure of fascism
467
Fascism and the communists new road to power in Europe
497
Eastern Europe since the Second
517
The Second World War and the expansion of communist power
524
National roads to socialism
545
From the crisis of 1968 to the Revolutions of 1989
562
the triple transition
590
what is to be done?
608

The aftermath of the First World War
422
The 1930s Depression and its consequences
435
The plight of the peasantry
443
The failure of democracy
458
Conclusion
620
Bibliography
643
Index
660
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About the author (1998)

Jeffries teaches at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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