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Title:
Caldron of conflict : Eastern Europe, 1918-1945
Author:
Wynot, Edward D.
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Publication Information:
Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, [1999]
Physical Description:
xii, 140 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780882959474
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Book

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Summary

Caldron of Conflict tells the story of Eastern Europe in the tumultuous, often violent years 1918-1945. After introducing the region, Wynot traces the differing paths each nation took from imperial rule to independence following World War I. The author next explores how each fared in the two decades of peace, when so many high political and economic hopes were dashed on the rocks of antidemocratic movements and the financial reefs of the Great Depression. It concludes with a survey of World War II and its aftermath.

Caldron of Conflict is essential reading for anyone trying to comprehend the recent and ongoing destruction in this explosive and pivotal region ofthe world.


Author Notes

After completing his graduate degrees at Indiana University, Edward D. Wynot, Jr., joined the faculty at Florida State University, where he is professor of East European history. Among his publications are books on Polish Politics in Transition: The Camp of National Unity, 1935-1939 ; Warsaw Between the Wars, 1919-1939 ; and the Coming of the Second World War , along with numerous scholarly articles. He has served on the editorial boards of professional journals and won several teaching awards at Florida State.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
1 Eastern Europe: Caldron of Conflictp. 1
The Balkan Powderkegp. 7
2 The Birth of Independent Eastern Europep. 10
The "Subject Nationalities" at Warp. 11
The Balkan States at Warp. 18
The "Peace Settlement" in Eastern Europep. 19
The "Peace Settlements" Evaluatedp. 25
3 Growing Pains, 1920-1929p. 28
General Problems Common to Eastern Europep. 28
The Newly Created Statesp. 32
The Balkan Kingdomsp. 42
4 Toward The Abyss, 1929-1939p. 52
The Great Depressionp. 53
States Specifically Targeted for Conquest by Hitlerp. 56
The Yugoslav Casep. 64
The Pro-Axis Statesp. 68
The Albanian Exceptionp. 76
5 Journey's End: World War II, 1939-1945p. 81
The "Victim States"p. 82
The Axis Alliesp. 95
Epiloguep. 108
Bibliographical Essayp. 112
Indexp. 132
Maps:
Eastern Europe, circa 1900p. 3
Eastern Europe, 1923p. 26
Eastern Europe, 1939-1947p. 106