Development of Class Structure in Eastern Europe: Poland and Her Southern Neighbors

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ROMANIA UNTIL WORLD WAR II

The region making up contemporary Romania has probably had the most complex history in eastern Europe. 1 Despite the fact that a part of that country was once a remote province of the Roman Empire to which Ovid was banished, 2 this old country has had a rather short written history. "In the diaries of many centuries, Romanians went almost unnoticed." 3

Neither monuments nor documents have been preserved. For century after century the people of Romania have been dominated by foreign powers, so that the stream of their history has remained submerged; and, as a consequence, the peoples of Romania have had less opportunity to unify than had other East- Europeans.

The Roman towns of that province were destroyed by wandering tribes of invaders (mainly Huns) at the beginning of the fourth century. Nonetheless, the migration of Latin-speaking people to this province continued until the sixth century. From the East, many peoples migrated through Romania's territories: Goths, Huns, Avars, Bulgars, and others. Some influence on the culture and language of Romanian territories was exercised by Slavs who moved in during the sixth and seventh centuries and slowly merged with the native population. Beginning in the ninth century, the Hungarians arrived in

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Part One - The Time of Estate Order 1
  • 1 - A General View on the History of Eastern Europe 3
  • 2 - Poland Until World War II 9
  • 3 - Czechoslovakia Until World War II 29
  • 4 - Hungary Until World War II 38
  • 5 - Romania Until World War II 47
  • Part Two: From Estate to Class Order 55
  • 6 - The Peasantry 57
  • 7 - The Nobility and the Bourgeoisie 84
  • 8 - From the Proletariat to the Working Class 109
  • 9 - The Intelligentsia 130
  • Part Three - The Period of Destruction 165
  • 10 - The Effects of World War II on Social Structure 167
  • 11 - Structural Changes Introduced by the Imported Revolutions 194
  • Maps 203
  • Abbreviations 215
  • Notes 217
  • Bibliography 271
  • About the Author 309
  • Name Index 311
  • Subject Index 314
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