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Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe : from the Congress of Vienna to the fall of communism
Frucht, Richard, 1936-
Publication Information:
New York : Garland Pub., [2000]

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xiv, 958 pages ; 29 cm.
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DJK6 .E53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
DJK6 .E53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author Notes

Richard Frucht is professor of history at Northwest Missouri State University. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1980 and is the author of two books dealing with Eastern Europe. In the early 1990s he headed the public education project of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, which worked with teachers to incorporate the study of Eastern Europe into the school curriculum.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This volume aims to be an up-to-date source for the region, also known as East Central Europe, Central Europe, or Southeastern Europe, taking into account the profound changes that occurred after 1989 while providing the historical context of at least two centuries back to the Congress of Vienna. Why publish such a resource now, more than 10 years after the fall of Communism in this part of the world? Through discussions with various educators in the field, the editor discovered a need for a reference source that could provide current information on the region, was wide-ranging, and was accessible for students. Alphabetically arranged entries include many biographies as well as issues (Bessarabian question), geographic entities, military events (Brusilov Offensive June^-August 1916), literature, historical events, movements, etc. There are long articles on the history of the seven primary countries of the region: Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia. Separate articles cover a nation's geography, art, culture, language, literature, and emigres. All entries include a bibliography and see also references. An index provides specific access to terms and concepts not found in the headings or see also references, making access complete. Another resource, Encyclopedia of Conflicts, Disputes, and Flashpoints in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Successor States, by Bogdan Szajkowski (Longman, 1993), is perhaps this volume's only competitor. Because of its recency, Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe would be the choice for libraries wanting to provide up-to-date, accessible information. Recommended to those public and academic libraries needing to fill a gap in their Eastern European reference sections.

Library Journal Review

Although the term Eastern Europe has not only been incorrectly used in the West"geographically, Eastern Europe includes the countries of Central and South Europe"it has also created many political stereotypes and has redefined the very definition of the West. Now, finally, someone has put together a much-needed encyclopedia that attempts to give an overview of the oppression, domination, unfair verdicts, and neglect imposed on these countries from within as well as from outside since the Congress of Vienna in 1814 to the fall of communism in 1989. With the help of countless well-informed contributors from academia, Frucht (history, Northwest Missouri State Univ.) has compiled an impressive number of entries that encompass all Communist countries of the East, excluding East Germany and the countries of the former Soviet Union, focusing not only on their political but also geographical, artistic, and cultural uniqueness. Much is omitted here for the simple reason that to have it all in one volume would be next to impossible, but the information provided is probably the most essential. A few inconsistencies aside (there is an entry for the Black Sea but there is no entry for the Adriatic Sea, which belongs not just to Italy but Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania as well), all entries are highly informative, clearly written, and accurate and the lists of further readings will make this a practical reference tool for both students and teachers. Although those who have long been aware of this region!s fascinating history will demand more in-depth coverage, this volume may, ironically, help the other Westerners begin to see it for its individuality. An indispensable purchase."Mirela Roncevic, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

An excellent and well-organized resource covering nearly 200 years of the region's history and civilization, this encyclopedia contains signed articles on a vast array of topics, each with suggestions for further reading and cross-references to related entries. A key feature is a series of comprehensive articles on the main regions (Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania), which focus primarily on history but also cover geography, language, literature, science, the arts, and relations with Russia and the Soviet Union as well as with other countries. In addition, survey articles on topics such as economic development and philosophy are further subdivided by country. The rest of the volume contains somewhat briefer entries on a broad and well-chosen range of subjects, including biographical sketches of political figures, artists, writers, scientists, philosophers, and influential emigres. Other entries center on particular treaties, universities, protest movements, emigre groups, religious and secular organizations, geographical features, buildings, and political parties. The encyclopedia also features a set of maps and a comprehensive index. Highly recommended for public, college, and university libraries. ; Columbia University

Table of Contents

Special features
Comprehensive coverage of all Eastern Europe from the early 1800s to the 1990s
More than 200 international contributors
Extensive map program
Bibliographies at the end of each entry