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Historical atlas of Central Europe
Magocsi, Paul R.
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Publication Information:
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xiv, 274 pages : illustrations, maps 31 cm.
General Note:
Includes bibliographic references and index.

Rev. ed. of: Historical atlas of East Central Europe.

"Published simultaneously in Canada by the University of Toronto Press and in the United Kingdom by Thames and Hudson"--Verso t.p.


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G1881.S1 M32 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Folio Non-Circ

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Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2003

The Historical Atlas of Central Europe covers the area from Poland, Lithuania, and the eastern part of Germany to Greece and western Turkey and extends in time from the early fifth century to the present. This new edition of the Historical Atlas of East Central Europe, first published in 1993 to great acclaim, incorporates the enormous political changes that have taken place since 1989, taking into account comments from seventy-five reviewers from seventeen countries. The final third of the volume has been completely reconceptualized and reconfigured with new maps, text, and statistical tables. The bibliography has been updated and expanded.

New Features:

-- Twenty-one new maps

-- Forty-one revised maps

-- Eleven maps of newly independent countries

-- Eleven new chapters

-- Eight new thematic maps covering twentieth-century population changes, distribution, education, and Catholic and Orthodox churches

Reviews 3

Library Journal Review

This first-rate sequel to the Historical Atlas of East Central Europe takes a mostly chronological approach to the region, providing histories of the various areas, as well as maps that show not just political boundaries but also population and population movements, canal and railroad construction, industrial growth, linguistic distribution, and cultural and educational institutions, among other factors. An effective use of color makes for maps that are easy to read and interpret. There is considerably more to this revised edition than the name change; the previous edition, though up-to-date for its time, was published just as the Soviet empire was crumbling and the Soviet Union itself was splintering into l5 independent republics. The current edition has integrated those historical changes and of 109 color maps presents 21 that are new and 41 that are substantially revised. As to the title change, Magocsi (chair, Ukrainian studies, Univ. of Toronto; A History of Ukraine) points out that "the articulate elements in many countries of this region consider eastern or even east-central to carry a negative connotation and prefer to be considered part of Central Europe." He adds that "precise boundaries" for the area are not fixed but are often a matter of opinion, so he has been guided mainly by geographical criteria. Wherever you believe "Central Europe" starts and ends, this volume is highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Edward Cone, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-When Magocsi's The Historical Atlas of East Central Europe (Univ. of Washington, 1993; o.p.) was published, it recorded the recent splintering of the Soviet Union; this new edition integrates those boundary changes and also includes more than 60 new or revised maps and tables. The atlas's new title reflects a choice based on geographical criteria and the wording reflects the preference of the population of the countries in question. The volume is arranged chronologically, with coverage beginning about A.D. 400 (roughly the time of the demise of the Roman Empire) and continuing through the end of the 20th century. The maps and tables provide information on military affairs; population and population movements; economy; ethnolinguistic distributions; and religious, cultural, and educational institutions. All are extremely well done. The use of color in the maps significantly eases reading and interpreting them. Well-written, objective historical summaries of that region's development at the time accompany the maps. Several of these synopses are also new or revised. This scholarly work has a four-page listing of map sources and a seven-page bibliography. The extensive index includes cross-references. This is an excellent resource for large public and academic libraries. High schools offering an AP course in European history should also consider purchase.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

An updated and expanded edition of Magocsi's Historical Atlas of East Central Europe (CH, Jun'94), this edition contains 21 new and 41 updated maps, most of which offer maps current through 2000. Since the previous edition covered to the end of 1989, the additional material is significant considering changes in the region over the past decade. Even the title change is significant: countries previously considered "Eastern Europe" by virtue of their location in the Soviet sphere now assert they are part of Central Europe. This is truly a historian's atlas: wonderful color maps are accompanied by lengthy commentary on each map topic. Religious and ethnolinguistic changes are particularly prominent map subjects and essential to understanding the region's history. Charts with additional statistics on population, migration, religion, and ethnolinguistic composition enhance the maps. A particularly interesting map, "Education and Re-Education in the 20th century," displays both universities and forced labor "reeducation" camps and is accompanied by an excellent historical essay. The atlas masterfully reflects the turbulent social and political history of this region. Academic collections. T. Miller Michigan State University