Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends [NOOK Book]

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Central Europe provides a broad overview and comparative analysis of key events in a historical region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Starting with the initial conversion of the "pagan" peoples of the region of Christianity around 1000 A.D. and concluding with the revolutions of 1989 and the problems of post-Communist states today, it illuminates the distinctive nature and peculiarities of the historical development of this ...
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Overview

Central Europe provides a broad overview and comparative analysis of key events in a historical region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Starting with the initial conversion of the "pagan" peoples of the region of Christianity around 1000 A.D. and concluding with the revolutions of 1989 and the problems of post-Communist states today, it illuminates the distinctive nature and peculiarities of the historical development of this region as a cohesive whole. Lonnie R. Johnson introduces readers to Central Europe's heritage of diversity, the interplay of its cultures, and the origins of its malicious ethnic and national conflicts. History in Central Europe, he shows, has been epic and tragic. Throughout the ages, small nations struggled valiantly against a series of imperial powers - Ottoman Turkey, Habsburg Austria, imperial Germany, czarist Russia, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union - and they lost regularly. Johnson's account is present-minded in the best sense: in describing actual historical events, he illustrates the ways they have been remembered, and how they contribute to the national assumptions that still drive European politics today. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the unanticipated problems of transforming post-Communist states into democracies with market economies, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the challenges of European integration have all made Central Europe the most dynamic and troubled region in Europe. In Central Europe, Johnson combines a vivid and panoramic narrative of events, a nuanced analysis of social, economic, and political developments, and a thoughtful portrait of those myths and memories that have lives of their own - and consequences for all of Europe.
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A historical survey of Central Europe, from the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century to the fall of the Soviet Empire at the end of the 20th century, with a focus on historical patterns of conflict, cohabitation, and cooperation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"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.... Travelers, officials, and businessmen who wish to understand the contradictions of this vital, appealing, but often alarming heart of Europe must read this illuminating narrative." -- Daniel Chirot, University of Washington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198026075
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 329,105
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Where Is Central Europe? 3
1 Central Europe and the Roman Christian West, 400-1000 13
2 Feudal Foundations, 1000-1350 27
3 The Great Late Medieval Kingdoms: Poland and Hungary, 1350-1500 45
4 The Bulwarks of Christendom: Religion and Warfare, 1400-1550 64
5 The Counter-Reformation: The Roman Catholic Church and the Habsburg Dynasty Triumphant, 1550-1700 85
6 Absolutism as Enlightenment, 1700-1790 103
7 Nations Without States, States Without Nations, 1790-1848 124
8 The Demise of Imperial Austria and the Rise of Imperial Germany, 1848-1890 149
9 World War I and National Self-Determination, 1914-1922 171
10 Spheres of Influence I: Germany and the Soviet Union 197
11 Spheres of Influence II: East and West, or "Yalta Europe" 223
12 The Failure of Eastern Europe, 1956-1989 249
Epilogue: Postrevolutionary Paradoxes: Central Europe Since 1989 275
Notes 309
Index 327
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