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Dictionary of East European history since 1945 /
Joseph Held.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
x, 509 p., [15] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0313265194 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
0313265194 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-04:
This book is a good first stop for anyone who wants to understand quickly the background of events in the volatile area formerly dominated by communist regimes and the USSR. An introductory essay discusses the characteristics that unify the region, sketches the origins and pre-1945 history of each East European nation, and provides a chronology of the Cold War. Alphabetically arranged chapters then treat Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia. Each chapter contains a chronology of important events since 1944, details of the country's general features, and alphabetical entries on important personalities, concepts, institutions, policies, etc. Many entries include brief bibliographies. The index is comprehensive and lists main entries in bold print. Several entries treat subjects that seem not to lend themselves to logically meaningful alphabetical arrangement (e.g., "Assassination and Drug Trafficking"). Some entries also seem to be arbitrarily assigned (e.g., why discuss Stalinization of Romania but not of other countries?). But the entries are concise and very informative, and the chapters are short enough to permit rapid scanning. Recommended for purchase by all academic libraries and by large public libraries. L. Kincaid; Boise State University
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'œBecause it makes available in succinct and readable form rather detailed historical information on the countires of Eastern Europe (defined in cold-war terms to exclude the Soviet Union) during the period of communist rule, Joseph Held's Dictionary of East European History since 1945 should be on the shelves of every social science research library. The main body of the book is organized by country, so that each of the eight sections provides an easily accessible overview of the post-World War II history of an individual country. Future generations of students and scholars owe Joseph Held a debt of gratitude for providing them with a reference work that greatly facilitates access to basic information on the history of the communist period in Eastern Europe.'' The Historian
'œThe country-by-country organization is well suited to the topic (and to easy browsing). This timely tool will simplify the search for information on tangled topics in a volatile part of the world.'' Wilson Library Bulletin
'œThe dictionary will prove to be of greater reference value. It provides enough information on various events to satisfy those with an interest in the subject.'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œThis book is a good first stop for anyone who wants to understand quickly the background of events in the volatile area formerly dominated by communist regimes and the USSR.'' Choice
'œThis should prove a handy reference source for both librarians and college students.'' ARBA
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Long Description
Eastern Europe has been in ongoing crisis since the breakup of the Soviet Union. This important book provides basic, up-to-date information on the events and background that have led up to the current crisis, and the volume includes helpful maps and photographs of key figures and scenes of everyday life. Librarians will value this reference tool as a reliable, informative source for students and others trying to understand today's conflicts. The volume covers all of the countries that formed the colonial empire of the Soviet Union--Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), Hungary, Poland, Romania, and former Yugoslavia. In an introductory essay, Held begins with an overview of the region's general characteristics and history prior to 1945. The volume is then divided into separate sections on each country. Each section includes basic information about the country, a map, and a chronology followed by entries, arranged alphabetically, on people, places, political parties, and the events that have shaped the country's history since 1945. The book is the only comprehensive one-volume dictionary on East European personalities, politicians, and history since 1945.
Table of Contents
Eastern Europe General Chronology Albania Bulgaria Czechoslovakia East Germany Hungary Poland Romania Yugoslavia
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