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The Longman companion to Central and Eastern Europe since 1919 /
Adrian Webb.
imprint
Harlow : Longman, 2002.
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xiv, 329 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0582437326
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imprint
Harlow : Longman, 2002.
isbn
0582437326
catalogue key
4697233
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Adrian Webb is a part-time lecturer at the Southampton Institute.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-01-01:
Webb (independent scholar) offers the latest addition to the "Companions to History" series of reference guides to key historical events and geographic areas. These comprehensive guides offer essential apparatus for navigating through the topics under consideration, including introductory articles, biographies, and chronologies. Dedicated to central and eastern Europe, this new volume covers the area's historic, social, political, economic, and cultural development, beginning with the Treaty of Versailles, continuing through the two world wars and their aftermaths, followed by the social uprisings of 1989 that led to the demise of communism in this part of the world, to the present. Webb's work includes a consideration of the evolution of the region with particular focus on the early nationalist and subsequent fascist and communist periods. In addition, the volume explores both the common heritage and collective histories of the region, along with the distinctive histories of the individual states. It is a crucial guide to specific events and people who have shaped the region's political and geographic boundaries. Maps illustrate territorial changes that followed major historic events, and a glossary of specialist terms helps readers become familiar with local terminology. This volume contains a full list of officeholders and extensive biographies of prominent people in all fields. With a wealth of chronological, statistical, and tabular data, this handy book is an indispensable resource for all (beginners and experts alike) who wish to understand the complex history of central and eastern Europe. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. H. G. B. Anghelescu Wayne State University
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Summaries
Main Description
The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have experienced massive political, economic and geographical changes throughout the twentieth century. This topical new Longman Companion to Central and Eastern Europe provides a comprehensive guide to the key facts and figures in the history of central and eastern Europe since the Versailles Treaty of 1919. Broad-ranging in it's focus, the areas it covers include political, economic, environmental, human and cultural issues. The author pays particular attention to the early nationalist and subsequent fascist, communist and new nationalist periods, highlighting their similarities to and differences from Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The book provides commentaries to help the reader to interpret the information, as well as supporting lists of office-holders and wide-ranging biographies. Accessible and comprehensive, the Longman Companion to Central and Eastern Europe is essential reading for anyone who is seeking to understand the complex and turbulent history of the region. Adrian Webb is a part-time lecturer at the Southampton Institute and is the author of the Longman Companion to Germany Since 1945 (1998)
Main Description
Huge coverage including: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia and its successor states, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Yugoslavia and its successor states. East Germany and Austria are included where they are an essential part of the story or form an interesting comparison. Discussion of economic, environmental, human and cultural issues in addition to political focus. Designed for quick and easy reference.The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have had their political, economic and geographical boundaries drawn and re-drawn at key moments throughout the twentieth century. This topical new guide to the region gives a comprehensive picture of the major historical developments since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and charts the transformations and upheavals of recent years. It pays particular attention to the early nationalist and then fascist, communist and new nationalist periods, highlighting similarities and differences within Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and including Austria and Germany where relevant to the story.Essential reading for anyone needing to understand the complex and turbulent history of the region, the volume offers key facts and figures supported by commentaries, chronologies, and biographical essays, and includes a glossary of terms and a full bibliography. Adrian Webb teaches European history at the Southampton Institute and is a regular contributor to the European Policy Analyst published by the Economist Intelligence Unit. He is the author of theLongman Companion to Germany since 1945.
Long Description
The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have had their political, economic and geographical boundaries drawn and re-drawn at key moments throughout the twentieth century. This topical new guide to the region gives a comprehensive picture of the major historical developments since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and charts the transformations and upheavals of recent years. It pays particular attention to the early nationalist and then fascist, communist and new nationalist periods, highlighting similarities and differences within Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and including Austria and Germany where relevant to the story. Essential reading for anyone needing to understand the complex and turbulent history of the region, the volume offers key facts and figures supported by commentaries, chronologies, and biographical essays, and includes a glossary of terms and a full bibliography.  
Bowker Data Service Summary
This guide to Central and Eastern Europe provides a compendium of key facts and figures on a region which has rarely been out of the news since the early 1980s.
Table of Contents
Introductory Notes: the scope of this bookp. ix
Geographical equivalentsp. x
Politically inspired name changesp. xi
Personal namesp. xii
A brief guide to pronunciationp. xii
The Background to 1919p. 1
Historical Chronologyp. 7
Versailles and the establishment of the new orderp. 9
Key events from Versailles to the outbreak of the Second World Warp. 14
Chronology of key events during the Second World Warp. 27
Chronology of key events between the end of the Second World War and the death of Stalinp. 36
Chronology of key events during the Communist period 1953-89p. 50
Chronology of key events since the fall of communismp. 61
Government and Politicsp. 89
The concept and history of nationalism in Eastern Europep. 91
Authoritarianism, fascism and the problem of national minorities from 1919 to 1939p. 96
Anti-Semitismp. 115
The Second World Warp. 120
The liberal traditionp. 130
Marxism-Leninismp. 132
The struggle between church and statep. 157
Titoismp. 160
The reformed Communist Parties since 1990p. 162
Office holdersp. 165
Foreign Policyp. 181
Regional agreements and alliances 1919-39p. 183
Wartime allegiancesp. 188
The Communist periodp. 192
Regional relations and relations with the EU and NATO after 1990p. 201
The Economyp. 207
The Economy 1919-39p. 209
The impact of the Second World Warp. 213
Post-war reconstruction under Communist rulep. 214
The impact of 1990p. 218
Comparative GDPp. 220
The Environmentp. 221
The Communist legacyp. 223
The impact of 1990p. 226
Human Statisticsp. 229
Population statisticsp. 231
Ethnic minoritiesp. 232
War lossesp. 234
The post-war migrationsp. 235
Refugees within Yugoslaviap. 236
Culturep. 237
Cosmopolitanism and cultural nationalismp. 239
The arts under fascism and communismp. 241
Post-war rebuilding of the national heritagep. 244
Linguistic politicsp. 245
Biographiesp. 247
Glossaryp. 275
Brief histories of the states and regions of central and eastern Europe prior to 1919. Some characteristics and popular perceptionsp. 277
Brief histories of the countries of 'further' eastern Europep. 289
Glossary of specialist termsp. 295
Major assassinations, suicides and political executionsp. 299
Bibliographical Essayp. 301
Mapsp. 311
Indexp. 317
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