Description : Background to Eastern Europe provides a historical overview of Eastern Europe. The book is comprised of seven chapters that detail several turning points in Eastern Europe history. The text first discusses the geography, climate, society, and economy of Eastern Europe. Next, the title provides a historical survey of Eastern Europe, which covers the growth of multi-national empires and nationalist movements. The next two chapters talk about major conflicts in Eastern Europe history. The remaining chapters deal with contemporary Eastern Europe. The book will be of great use to individuals who have a keen interest in the historical trend of Eastern Europe.
Description : This welcome second edition of A History of Eastern Europe provides a thematic historical survey of the formative processes of political, social and economic change which have played paramount roles in shaping the evolution and development of the region. Subjects covered include: Eastern Europe in ancient, medieval and early modern times the legacies of Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg Empire the impact of the region's powerful Russian and Germanic neighbours rival concepts of 'Central' and 'Eastern' Europe the experience and consequences of the two World Wars varieties of fascism in Eastern Europe the impact of Communism from the 1940s to the 1980s post-Communist democratization and marketization the eastward enlargement of the EU. A History of Eastern Europe now includes two new chronologies – one for the Balkans and one for East-Central Europe – and a glossary of key terms and concepts, providing comprehensive coverage of a complex past, from antiquity to the present day.
Description : Philosophy, Society and the Cunning of History in Eastern Europe charts the intellectual landscape of twentieth century East-Central Europe under the unifying theme of 'precariousness' as a mode of historical existence. Caught between empires, often marked by catastrophic historic events and grand political failures, the countries of East-Central Europe have for a long time developed a certain intellectual self-representation, a culture that not only helps them make some sense of such misfortunes, but also protects them somehow from a collapse into nihilism. An interdisciplinary study of this sophisticated culture of survival and endurance has been long overdue. Not only is it charming and worth studying in its own right, but with the re-integration of the 'new Europe' into the 'old' one and the emergence on the 'Western' European intellectual scene of many authors from the 'East,' such a culture will also shape the European mind of the 21st century. This volume decodes and explores this culture of 'precariousness' from the complementary angles of philosophy, political theory, intellectual history and literary studies. Expert contributors look at a wide range of topics, from philosophical martyrdom to collective suffering to geographical fatalism, and explore the works of key authors in the field including Cioran, Kołakowski, Kertész, Bauman and Žižek. This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki: The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities.
Description : A history of Eastern Europe focuses on the historical and political contexts of the rapidly unfolding events in the region, offering maps and interpretive histories of each country
Description : David Crowe draws from previously untapped East European, Russian, and traditional sources to explore the life, history, and culture of the Gypsies, or Roma, from their entrance into the region in the Middle Ages until the present.
Description : Reliable and up-to-date information on this region is often time consuming to collate, difficult to find and in the indigenous language.Central and South-Eastern Europe 2003presents a one-volume work of impartial and up-to-date information on the politics, economics and geography of the region's 16 countries, bringing description and analysis of the issues affecting the region together with statistics and directory information. The diverse collection of information ensures the reader has a complete picture of the region targeting political, geographical, economic and sociological information, as well as providing a variety of statistical data. This information is divided into four sections: Introductory Essays; Country Surveys; Political Profiles of the Region; and Regional Information. The introductory essays are written by internationally respected authorities on Central and South-Eastern European affairs. They analyze topical issues of regional significance ranging from politicaland economic issues to environmental surveys. More in-depth information is provided within the Country Surveys. Each country chapter includes background details on physical features, climate and population; a map; an at-a-glance chronology; essays covering history, economy and political affairs; an extensive statistical survey providing the latest available demographic and economic figures, including previous years' figures; a directory of useful names, addresses, fax and telephone numbers, e-mail and internet addresses plus further information on the Constitution, national and local government, political organizations, diplomatic representation, the judicial system, religion, the press, publishers, broadcasting and communications, finance, trade and industry, major companies, transport, tourism, culture, education, social welfare, the environment and defense; and a select bibliography. The Political Profiles of the Region section provides over 125 concise biographies on the region's mostpowerful and influential political figures. Regional information is supplied in the form of data on the principal international organizations operating in the region, as well as details of research institutes specializing in Central and South-Eastern European affairs and suggestions for further reading.
Description : Business Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe comes from the highly successful Business Cultures in Europe series. This new addition to the series is an introduction to the major economic and business changes in Central and Eastern Europe brought about by the collapse of communism. * The first book to examine culture in each of the key Central and Eastern European countries. * Written by an expert team of specialist commentators on Central and Eastern Europe. Business Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe examines the background to business practice in Czech Republic (Martin Dangerfield), Hungary (Vincent Edwards), Poland (George Blazyca), Croatia and Slovenia (Will Bartlett and Milford Bateman), Russia (Marta Bruno) and Kazakhstan (Martin Taylor). The fundamental premise underlying the book is that the business culture is moving from one based on bureaucracy towards a more entrepreneurial one. The individual country studies examine the progress of the reform process, industrial structure and other major features of the business environment. The first book to examine business culture in each of the key Central and Eastern European countries Written by an expert team of specialist commentators on Central and Eastern Europe Covers several 'novel' countries not covered elsewhere e.g Croatia, Slovenia, Kazakhstan
Description : Eastern Europe, in this book, embraces the area formally referred to as the ‘Marchlands of Europe’, sometimes as Eastern Central Europe, and which included, when this book was originally published in 1971, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Poland. This book presented for the first time the archaeological material related to the prehistory of Central and West Europe, describing the evidence for the earlier prehistory – settlement patterns, means of subsistence and material culture – in the various natural environments of this area. It looks at the Baltic coast, the north and east European plains, the Carpathian mountain ring, the Danube basin and the Adriatic and Black Sea coasts. The evidence for late Mesolithic hunting-fishing groups is examined, their techniques and their reaction to the introduction and spread of agriculturalists, as well as the development and activities of both food-gatherers and food-producers until the early use and manufacture of metal objects. 3000 years of prehistory are covered in a way which is designed to be intelligible and useful to all those who are interested in prehistory and in eastern Europe.