9780415161114

A History of Eastern Europe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415161114

  • ISBN10:

    0415161118

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-01-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

The recent history of Eastern Europe is one of ethnic and national conflict following the collapse of Communism. InA History of Eastern Europe,Robert Bideleux and Ian Jeffries argue that the increasingly complex problems of the post-communist present cannot be understood without the long context they offer here. The authors provide a thematic historical survey and analysis of the formative processes of political, social and economic change which have played the paramount roles in shaping the development of this region. Though giving particular weight to the last century, this book also includes: coverage of ancient and medieval times; a discussion of the Reformation, counter-reformation, the Renaissance and the medieval kingdoms; the influence of Russia and Prussia; and a useful bibliography.

Table of Contents

List of maps
vii
Preface ix
Abbreviations xiii
Introduction Crisis and change in East Central and South-eastern Europe 1(34)
Part I The `Balkanization' of South-eastern Europe: from ancient times to the First World War 35(74)
Introduction To Part 1: The Process Of `Balkanization'
37(5)
South-eastern Europe before the Ottomans
42(20)
The rise of the Ottoman Empire
62(20)
The seeds of Ottoman decline
82(15)
The decay of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of Balkan `national' states
97(12)
Part II East Central Europe prior to the Habsburg ascendancy 109(154)
Introduction To Part Ii: The Disputed Roots Of East Central Europe
111(3)
The vicissitudes of Poland
114(75)
The rise and decline of the kingdom of Hungary
189(23)
The kingdom of Bohemia and the Hussite heritage
212(51)
Part III East Central Europe during the Habsburg ascendancy 263(142)
Introduction To Part Iii: The Importance Of Being Austria
265(10)
The rise of the Habsburg Empire
275(19)
An empire in crisis: East Central Europe and the revolutions of 1848--49
294(38)
The empire strikes back: 1849--1914
332(22)
Capitalism and the seeds of social revolution in Austria and Hungary
354(21)
War, nationalism and imperial disintegration
375(30)
Part IV Eastern Europe between the two world wars 405(112)
Introduction To Part Iv: The New Political Order In Eastern Europe
407(15)
The aftermath of the First World War
422(13)
The 1930s Depression and its consequences
435(8)
The plight of the peasantry
443(15)
The failure of democracy
458(9)
The lure of fascism
467(30)
Fascism and the communists' new road to power in Europe
497(20)
Part V In the shadow of Yalta: Eastern Europe since the Second World War 517(126)
Introduction To Part V: The East-West Partition Of Europe
519(5)
The Second World War and the expansion of communist power in East Central and South-eastern Europe
524(21)
National roads to socialism
545(17)
From the crisis of 1968 to the Revolutions of 1989
562(28)
Eastern Europe since 1989: the `triple transition'
590(18)
The new East European economies: what is to be done?
608(12)
Conclusion A tentative `return to Europe'
620(23)
Bibliography 643(17)
Index 660

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