The East-Central European Region: An Historical Outline

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The Eastern Region

FROM ITS BIRTH TO THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION

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

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - Birth of the Western Region 1
  • 2 - The Eastern Region 13
  • 3 - The East-Central Region 19
  • 4 - The Balkan Subregion 41
  • 5 - From Dependency to Statism 49
  • 6 - Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust 71
  • 7 - People's Democracy: Theory and Practice 101
  • 8 - The Destruction of People's Democracy 117
  • 9 - The Stalinist Legacy 127
  • 10 - Requiem for a Defunct Region 133
  • Bibliography 147
  • Index 153
  • About the Author *
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