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Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

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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 abandons the Cold War convention of defining Central Europe in the bipolar terms of "East" and "West", and emphasizes the underlying continuities in the region's history. It opens with the initial conversion of the "pagan" peoples of the region to Christianity before 1000 A.D. and ends with the revolutions of 1989 and the problems of post-Communist states today. Johnson provides a broad comparative overview of the events, national traditions, conflicts, and patterns of development that are essential for an appreciation of how Central Europeans view their histories, themselves, and each other.

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, Johnsons work stands out both as 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.

Synopsis:

This historical survey of Central Europe covers a region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Now in its second edition, 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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-325) and index.

About the Author

Lonnie Johnson has taught at a variety of institutions in Vienna and Austria, and has traveled extensively throughout Central Europe. He is currently the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Vienna, Austria.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Where is Central Europe?

1. Central Europe and the Roman Christian West, 400-1000

2. Feudal Foundations, 1000-1350

3. The Great Late Medieval Kingdoms: Poland and Hungary, 1350-1500

4. The Bulwarks of Christendom: Religion and Warfare, 1400-1550

5. The Counter Reformation: The Roman Catholic Church and the Habsburg Dynasty Triumphant, 1550-1700

6. Absolutism as Enlightenment, 1700-1790

7. Nations without States, States without Nations, 1790-1848

8. The Demise of Imperial Austria and the Rise of Imperial Germany, 1848-1890

9. World War I and National Self-Determination, 1914-1922

10. Spheres of Influence I, Germany and the Soviet Union

11. Spheres of Influence II, East and West or "Yalta Europe"

12. The Failure of Eastern Europe, 1948-1989

13. The Revolutions of 1989 and their Aftermaths

Epilogue: Old Europe, New Europe, and Central Europe since 9/11

Notes

Index

Introduction: Where is Central Europe?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195148251
Subtitle:
Enemies, Neighbors, Friends
Author:
Johnson, Lonnie R.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Europe, central
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Politics | International Studies
Subject:
History, World | European | Eastern Europe
Subject:
Europe, Central History.
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20010816
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 halftones and maps
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.21x6.10x.69 in. 1.12 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Eastern Europe » General
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
History and Social Science » World History » European History General

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"Synopsis" by , This historical survey of Central Europe covers a region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Now in its second edition, 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.
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