Eastern Europe: An Introduction to the People, Lands, and Culture, Volume 1
A contemporary analysis of the people, cultures, and society within the regions that make up Eastern Europe.
Eastern Europe: An Introduction to the People, Lands, and Culture sheds light on modern-day life in the 16 nations comprising Eastern Europe. Going beyond the history and politics already well documented in other works, this unique three-volume series explores the social and cultural aspects of a region often ignored in books and curricula on Western civilization.
The volumes are organized by geographic proximity and commonality in historical development, allowing the countries to be both studied individually and juxtaposed against others in the region. The first volume covers the northern tier of states, the second looks at lands that were once part of the Hapsburg empire, and the third examines the Balkan states. Each chapter profiles a single country--its geography, history, political development, economy, and culture--and gives readers a glimpse of the challenges that lie ahead. Vignettes on various topics of interest illuminate the unique character of each country.
* Discusses the geography, history, political development, and economy of nations such as Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Albania, and many others
* Includes historical profiles of significant people such as Konstantin Päts and Lydia Koidula, cultural events such as the Song Festival, and key events such as the sinking of the ferry Estonia
* Presents maps of the entire region and each of the 16 countries, including Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Greece
* Includes discussions of Eastern European languages