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Central Europe Enemies, Neighbors, Friends



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The best history of Central Europe for the general reader  July 28, 2011

This is easily the best history of Central Europe available for the general reader (or the student). Johnson always keeps the big picture in mind, while moving the reader though events and people that are unfamiliar to most Americans. I read the book primarily as historical background for reading fiction from Central Europe, but no matter what one's interest in the region (including travel), I doubt seriously that there is, or soon will be, any comparable much less superior history.

Central Europe Enemies, Neighbors, Friends: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


This historical survey of Central Europe covers a region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends contains a new epilogue - updated to cover events since 1995 - and several redesigned or updated maps.

Each chapter is thematically organized around issues or events that are important in helping students develop an understanding of the region's internal dynamics. Johnson illuminates the competing religious, cultural, economic, national, and ideological interests that have driven the history of Central Europe.

Thorough, objective, and focused, Johnson's work stands out as both a useful core text covering an area of growing interest and a brilliant account of a region that is only just beginning to receive the attention it deserves.

"Central Europe has finally re-entered the cultural world of Western Europe and the United States.... Lonnie Johnson has come along with a book which is extremely useful not only for courses on Central Europe but will be indispensable to readers whose knowledge of European ideas is generally limited to the Western half of the continent." -Istvan Deak, Columbia University

"Written by a sophisticated historical analyst, this book is nevertheless more accessible to non-specialists than any comparable work. Lonnie Johnson explains the region's paradoxes objectively, but also with deep sympathy.... Students, travelers, officials, and businessmen who wish to understand the contradicitons of this vital, appealing, but often alarming heart of Europe must read this illuminating narrative."-Daniel Chirot, University of Washington

Author Biography

LJ: Executive Director of the Fullbright Commission in Vienna, Austria; specializes in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in the 20th Century. Books include: Introducing Austria (Ariadne Press, 1989) and Vienna (Ariadne Press, 1995).

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