Central Europe

Central Europe : Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

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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. Now in its second edition, Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends contains a new epilogue-updated to cover events since 1995-and several redesigned or updated maps. Each chapter is thematically organized around issues or events that are important in helping students develop an understanding of the region's internal dynamics. Johnson illuminates the competing religious, cultural, economic, national, and ideological interests that have driven the history of Central Europe. Thorough, objective, and focused, Johnson's work stands out as both a useful core text covering an area of growing interest and a brilliant account of a region that is only just beginning to receive the attention it deserves.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 11 halftones & 12 maps
  • 0195148258
  • 9780195148251
  • 2,041,090

Table of contents

Introduction: Where is Central Europe?; 1. Central Europe and the Roman Christian West, 400-1000; 2. Feudal Foundations, 1000-1350; 3. The Great Late Medieval Kingdoms; 4. The Bulwarks of Christendom; 5. The Counter Reformation: The Roman Catholic Church and the Habsburg Dynasty, 1550-1700; 6. Absolutism as Enlightenment, 1700-1790; 7. Nations without States, States without Nations, 1790-1848; 8. The Demise of Imperial Austria and the Rise of Imperial Germany, 1848-1890; 9. World War I and National Self-Determination, 1914-1922; 10. Spheres of Influence I, Germany and the Soviet Union; 11. Spheres of Influence II, East and West or "Yalta Europe"; 12. The Failure of Eastern Europe, 1956-1989; Epilogue: Postrevolutionary Paradoxes: Central Europe since 1989; Notes; Indexshow more

Review quote

He manages to make an enormous expanse of history accessible to the average reader in very few pages. There are not many books that set the historical context for this part of the world so well. Foreign Affairsshow more

About Lonnie R. Johnson

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.show more

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