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The East-Central European region : an historical outline
Hodos, George H.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
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x, 157 pages ; 22 cm
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1350 Lexile.
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An examination of East-Central European history, this book looks to the past for the roots of the cleavage between the eastern and western regions of Europe and the reasons for the east-central countries' backward, reactionary nature; their slide into fascism and war; and the ultimate destruction of the region within the Stalinist orbit. East-Central Europe emerged as a distinct region as early as the 15th century, when, in sharp contrast to an expanding urban economy and a loosening of serfdom in the West, it pursued a brutal Second Serfdom. This development would determine much of its future course, as 19th century attempts to modernize society included revolutions from above and the abolishment of serfdom, while stubbornly retaining decisive feudal structures. After World War I, industrial developments created a semi-feudal, distorted capitalism, and the region soon saw the emergence of ultra-nationalist, fascist-style regimes whose actions would eventually lead to catastrophe.

In the post-war era, the region found itself in the Soviet sphere. The short People's Democracy period attempted to purge its structure of feudal, reactionary and fascist remnants, but soon got destroyed as a distinct region by brutal Stalinization. The collapse of Communism did not restore its separate existence reintegration into the West requires a painful transition period with a yet uncertain outcome. Hodos produces a comprehensive, comparative overview of the centuries-old division, along with the resulting social, political, and economic consequences. Chapters on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust illustrate the stark differences between the regions.

Author Notes

George H. Hodos is Professor Emeritus of History at U.C.L.A.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1 Birth of the Western Regionp. 1
2 The Eastern Regionp. 13
3 The East-Central Regionp. 19
4 The Balkan Subregionp. 41
5 From Dependency to Statismp. 49
6 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaustp. 71
7 People's Democracy: Theory and Practicep. 101
8 The Destruction of People's Democracyp. 117
9 The Stalinist Legacyp. 127
10 Requiem for a Defunct Regionp. 133
Bibliographyp. 147
Indexp. 153