The Eastern Region
The direct influence of the eastern region on the history of East- Central Europe has been negligible, except for the annexation of portions of partitioned Poland and the short Russian occupation of Moldavia and Walachia in the formative years of Rumania.
In contrast to East-Central Europe, the birth of the eastern region did not evolve by a rupture with the West (of which it never had been a part). It did not develop from western structures built on the ruins of the collapsed Roman Empire. The eastern region became a closed society, cutting itself off from western, as well as East-Central regions of Europe. Even the apparent similarity of the Second Serfdom with that in the latter region had a much different social and historical background and contained many different structures.
We deal with this region mainly to contrast it with the West and with our focal point, East-Central Europe. We do not follow its metamorphosis into the Soviet system, however; we will return to it in a much later period and in a much different connection, the