A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change by Robert Bideleux

By Robert Bideleux

This welcome moment version of A background of jap Europe offers a thematic historic survey of the formative procedures of political, social and financial swap that have performed paramount roles in shaping the evolution and improvement of the zone. topics coated contain: japanese Europe in historical, medieval and early smooth occasions the legacies of Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg Empire the effect of the region's robust Russian and Germanic neighbours rival recommendations of 'Central' and 'Eastern' Europe the event and effects of the 2 global Wars forms of fascism in jap Europe the effect of Communism from the Nineteen Forties to the Nineteen Eighties post-Communist democratization and marketization the eastward expansion of the european. A heritage of jap Europe now contains new chronologies – one for the Balkans and one for East-Central Europe – and a thesaurus of keywords and ideas, supplying entire assurance of a fancy earlier, from antiquity to the current day.

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A similarly barbaric logic was responsible for the ‘ethnic purification’ of Germany, Austria, the Czech Lands, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary during the 1940s. Even this would not be a real solution, however, because inter-ethnic hatreds could still persist between ethnically ‘homogenized’ states. Furthermore, the fact that anti-Semitism has persisted in countries whose formerly substantial Jewish minorities have been almost completely eradicated provides a warning that ethnic ‘purification’ or ‘cleansing’ does not of itself remove the roots of inter-ethnic hatred, quite apart from the fact that ‘ethnic purification’ can leave a country morally, culturally and technologically stunted and impoverished.

Churchill’s ‘percentages agreement’ with Stalin in Moscow. At Yalta, the ‘Big Three’ agreed on east–west partition of Europe. Defeat of Germany; end of Second World War in Europe. Semi-parliamentary regimes in ECE. USA launched ERP. USSR initially welcomed it, but later forced Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia to forgo ‘Marshall Aid’. Berlin blockade. Consolidation of Communist dictatorships in ECE. Chronologies xli 1949 1953 1954–64 1955 1956 (Feb) 1956 (June–Nov) 1956 (Oct–Nov) 1961 1963–8 1964–83 1968 1969 1975 1977 1980 1981 (Dec) 1982–3 1983 1983–5 1985–91 1989 (July) 1989 1989 (Sept) 1989 (Nov) 1990 1991 1993 1993 (Jan) 1994–5 1995 (Dec) 1997 (July) 1997 (Dec) Formation of Comecon (the CMEA) Death of Stalin, followed by anti-Communist uprisings in East Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia.

The Dutch United Provinces joined the anti-Habsburg ‘Protestant cause’. Denmark joined the anti-Habsburg ‘Protestant cause’. Sweden joined the anti-Habsburg ‘Protestant cause’. The Treaty of Westphalia terminated the Thirty Years War and the ‘wars of religion’ which had afflicted Europe since the 1520s. A huge anti-Polish Cossack-cum-peasant rebellion in Ukraine resulted in major territorial and population losses, signalling the start of PolandLithuania’s protracted decline (1648–1795). ECE experienced a so-called ‘feudal reaction’ (steadily rising rents and dues, further erosion of peasant rights, liberties and landholdings, intensification of serfdom, extension of manorial cultivation, and erosion of the position of towns and burghers), increasing anti-Semitism and a fullblown Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation.

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