Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

Central Europe Enemies Neighbors Friends This historical survey of Central Europe covers a region that encompasses contemporary Germany Poland the Czech Republic Slovakia Austria Hungary Slovenia and Croatia Now in its second edition

  • Title: Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends
  • Author: Lonnie R. Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780195148251
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • This historical survey of Central Europe covers a region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia Now in its second edition, Central Europe Enemies, Neighbors, Friends contains a new epilogue updated to cover events since 1995 and several redesigned or updated maps Each chapter is thematically oThis historical survey of Central Europe covers a region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia Now in its second edition, Central Europe Enemies, Neighbors, Friends contains a new epilogue updated to cover events since 1995 and several redesigned or updated maps Each chapter is thematically organized around issues or events that are important in helping students develop an understanding of the region s internal dynamics Johnson illuminates the competing religious, cultural, economic, national, and ideological interests that have driven the history of Central Europe Thorough, objective, and focused, Johnson s work stands out as both a useful core text covering an area of growing interest and a brilliant account of a region that is only just beginning to receive the attention it deserves.

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    1. During the 1980s, Czech-born writer Milan Kundera defined Central Europe as "that part of Europe situated geographically in the center, culturally in the West, and politically in the East." As far as most Americans are concerned, it is "flyover country" -- somewhere between Germany and Russia. Consequently it is refreshing to read a history of the part of the world from which my family comes without being overwhelmed either by Germany or Russia. It is a separate place, which unfortunately is po [...]

    2. central europe? it's got so many different kinds of good coffee, you won't know what hit you, even if you read this first.

    3. "Historical memory, the presence of a past that is so remote that it bears little or no resemblance to the so-called realities of the contemporary world, is an important Central European attribute. History in this part of the world is epic and tragic; small nations frequently have struggled against larger ones and lost regularly. The past consists of inexcusable transgressions and missed opportunities; The present is filled with unfinished business of the past; and the future is a chance finally [...]

    4. A thorough yet easy read on the often troubled history of a region that is vitally important in understanding the overall history of Europe. This book is impressive in its scope while maintaining an excellent clarity throughout. would highly recommend this to anyone interested in Central European history in general and in particular to anyone interested in the conflicts that affected Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, as arguably this book demonstrates that they disproportionatel [...]

    5. This is a superb history of Central Europe that I feel should be required reading for any student of history - but especially of European History. It places Germany and Austria in their proper context - as part of Central Europe (not as part of a Cold War - biassed - division of Europe into simply East and West) and thus paints a picture of the complex historical interaction of German and Slav, Protestant and Christian (not forgetting the Magyar, Ottoman and Orthodox contribution and involvement [...]

    6. Having always ready history from a Western European perspective, it was fascinating to review (and greatly supplement) my historical knowledge by putting Central European countries at the center of the narrative. If you are looking for a book that will help jog your historical memory but also offer new insight and perspectives, this is an excellent choice. It is an extremely impressive work, as it manages to hit the nail on the head for both breadth and depth.

    7. I read this book in advance of a trip to Central Europe. I was hoping to get some historical background for some of the places I'd be visiting, and this book certainly delivered. It ended up being much more detail than I felt I needed, but if you're looking for a history of the region, this must be one of the best sources.

    8. Central Europe's history is a mess! I don't know why any one would draw up a map of those countries because it was constantly changing. I only read the last 1/3 of the book, from WW11 to the present day. This book made me feel like I was back in college and reads like a text book, very dry. I have a better understanding of communism.

    9. Lonnie Johnson’s book on the history of Central Europe provides an overview of the region and how it came into its modern existence. The book focuses on Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic with some attention on the Baltic States, Slovakia and southern Europe as it relates to the main topic. From the earliest days of the crusades to the fall of the Berlin Wall the reader is given an overview of the key moments in the history of this area and how it reshaped relations. It i [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book. I always wanted to understand y my ancestors came and what they lived through. I liked the format, not too detailed to make it long, but just good overview. The only thing I didn't care, the period from about WW1 to current. There was some good stuff, but I think this is the period when the oligarchs started controlling the history narrative. For example, western bankers put the bolsheviks in power, wiped out of history by this book and MSM. After this period, the his [...]

    11. Accessible history of Central Europe in easily digested country by country chapters. Takeaway: 20th Century style nationalism - forming countries based on ethnicity or some vague claim of a people's historical borders - did not solve the centuries old problem of abuse at the hands of the two abutting superpowers, Russia and Germany.

    12. An exceptionally well-written book about a very narrow topic - proof that any history book can be good if well-written.

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