Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

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Oxford University Press, Oct 31, 1996 - History - 22 pages
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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. Author Lonnie R. Johnson illuminates the competing religious, cultural, economic, national, and ideological interests that have driven the history of Central Europe in the past millennium. Each chapter is thematically organized around issues or events that are key to developing an appreciation for the historical and political dynamics of the region, particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This third edition also contains a new concluding chapter and epilogue and several redesigned and updated maps.
 

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Contents

Where Is Central Europe?
3
Central Europe and the Roman Christian West 4001000
13
Feudal Foundations 10001350
27
Poland
45
Religion and Warfare
64
The Roman Catholic Church
85
Absolutism as Enlightenment 17001790
103
Nations Without States States Without Nations 17901848
124
The Resurrection of Poland 19181922
182
The Treaties
190
Germany and the Soviet Union
197
East and West
223
The Failure of Eastern Europe 19561989
249
Postrevolutionary Paradoxes
275
Notes
299
Index
315

The Demise of Imperial Austria and the Rise
149
World War I and National SelfDetermination
171

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About the author (1996)

LJ: Executive Director of the Fullbright Commission in Vienna, Austria; specializes in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in the 20th Century. Books include: Introducing Austria (Ariadne Press, 1989) and Vienna (Ariadne Press, 1995).

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