Central Europe

Central Europe : Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

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A historical survey of Central Europe, a region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Unlike almost all previous histories of this region, Lonnie Johnson doesn't divide the area into 'west' and 'east', or view it simply as the battlefield of the Cold War. Acknowledging the recent reunification of Germany, the demise of the Soviet Union and the re-asserting of Central Europe as an autonomous region, Johnson instead tells the unique history of the area, from the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century to the 21st century. Each chapter is thematically organized around a few key issues or events that are particularly important for developing an understanding of the period addressed. The complexity of Central Europe that stems from its astonishing and sometimes perplexing diversity is something all those interested in the area confront. Johnson aims to make clear the competing ideological, national, religious and economic interests that have driven the history of the region.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 12 halftones, 8 maps, genealogy tables
  • 0195100727
  • 9780195100723

About Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie R. Johnson has taught at a variety of institutions in Vienna, Austria, and has traveled extensively in Central Europe.show more

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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 Washingtonshow more

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