ONLY IN THE LAST FOUR DECADES has Eastern Europe received much attention from scholars at universities outside of the region. And, as one would expect, most of this interest has been directed toward the postwar period and the many controversies that surround the relations of the United States and Western Europe with the new regimes and their patron in Moscow. Still, the quality of available scholarship on Eastern Europe in the languages of Western Europe is quite high, and the coverage, although uneven, is remarkably good. The brief list that follows, like this text, is intended as an introduction rather than an exhaustive treatment. Preference has been given to books in English and to works which have not only intrinsic value but also good bibliographies of their own.
Berend Ivan T., and Gyorgy Ranki. Economic Development in East-Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974. An excellent overview, particularly strong on the interwar period.
Kaiser David E. Economic Diplomacy and the Origins of the Second World War. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980. The focus is on Eastern Europe. Useful.
Kaser M. C. and Radice E. A., editors. The Economic History of Eastern Europe, 1919-1975 Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1985. The first volume to appear, "Economic Structure and Performance between the Two Wars," is an invaluable analysis and reference.