The East-Central European Region: An Historical Outline

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The East-Central Region

BETWEEN WEST AND EAST

Central Europe was born as a child of the West, who later married the East. It appeared on the political map of Europe around the year 1000. Within a few decades, the fluid contours of tribal settlements stabilized into states: Slavic tribes in the north united in 963 into the Principality of Poland; Magyar clans from Asia penetrated at the very end of the ninth century into the Carpathian Basin and established the principality of Hungary. To the west, the Czech-Bohemian Kingdom of Moravia was first destroyed by the Magyar invasion, then occupied by Germany. To the south, the Hungarians annexed to their kingdom the Slavic Croatia.

Together, with the formation and stabilization of the political map of Central Europe, went the Christianization of the region: Poland in 966, Hungary in 1000, the German-annexed Moravia in 929, and the Hungarian-annexed Croatia in 1091.

Stabilization and Christianization also meant the eastward expansion of the western region from its core, the Kingdoms of France, Germany, and Italy, successors of the divided Carolingian Empire. Central Europe became the periphery of the western re-

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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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