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Title:
The price of freedom : a history of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the present
Author:
Wandycz, Piotr Stefan.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
Physical Description:
xvii, 335 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1270 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780415254908

9780415254915
Format :
Book

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Summary

The second edition of this distinguished book brings the history of the region up to date. Discussing the events of the post-communist decade of the 1990s and the problems resulting from the transition to democracy and market economy, this fascinating subject is made accessible by all students of modern European history.

The Price of Freedomsurveys and explains the fascinating and intricate history of East Central Europe - the present day countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia and, taking a thematic approach, the author explores such issues and controversies as the tension between the industrial developed West and the agrarian East Central Europe, the rise of modern nationalism, democracy, authoritarianism and Communism.

All students and researchers in the field will find this an infinitely useful resource.


Table of Contents

Introduction: What's in a name?
1 The Medieval Heritage
2 The Challenge of the Modern Age
3 The Seventeenth-Century crisis
4 Enlightened absolutism or enlightened liberty?
5 The Age of Liberal Nationalism
6 From compromise to Independence
7 The difficult Independence
8 The Hard Road to Freedom