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Eastern Europe! : Everything You Need to Know about the History (and More) of a Region That Shaped Our World and Still Does
by Tomek Jankowski


Overview - Eastern Europe is a brief and concise (but informative) introduction to Eastern Europe and its myriad customs and history.

When the legendary Romulus killed his brother Remus and founded the city of Rome in 753 BCE, Plovdiv -- today the second-largest city in Bulgaria -- was already thousands of years old.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Eastern Europe is a brief and concise (but informative) introduction to Eastern Europe and its myriad customs and history.

When the legendary Romulus killed his brother Remus and founded the city of Rome in 753 BCE, Plovdiv -- today the second-largest city in Bulgaria -- was already thousands of years old. Indeed, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam are all are mere infants compared to Plovdiv. This is just one of the paradoxes that haunts and defines the New Europe, that part of Europe that was freed from Soviet bondage in 1989 which is at once both much older than the modern Atlantic-facing power centers of Western Europe while also being in some ways much younger than them.

Even those knowledgeable about Western Europe often see Eastern Europe as terra incognita, with a sign on the border declaring "Here be monsters." This book is a gateway to understanding both what unites and separates Eastern Europeans from their Western brethren, and how this vital region has been shaped by, but has also left its mark on, Western Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Ideal for students, businesspeople, and those who simply want to know more about where Grandma or Grandpa came from, Eastern Europe is a user-friendly guide to a region that is all too often mischaracterized as remote, insular, and superstitious.

Illustrations throughout include: 40 photos, 40 maps and 40 figures (tables, charts, etc.)

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780985062323
  • ISBN-10: 0985062320
  • Publisher: New Europe Books
  • Publish Date: October 2013
  • Page Count: 595
  • Dimensions: 9.26 x 6.12 x 1.73 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.67 pounds


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Books > History > Eastern Europe - General
Books > Social Science > Regional Studies

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

This broad overview describes the nearly indefinable region that, until the Berlin Wall’s sudden fall, was shrouded behind the Iron Curtain—nations and peoples living amid constantly shifting boundaries in a centuries-old battleground between East and West. Well suited for academic courses, this book by consulting analyst Jankowski displays an ease and familiarity with cultural minutiae while briskly covering intense topics of genocide, religion, and Communist implosion. He intersperses sober descriptions with frequent “useless trivia” bits, covering key figures or issues—some lighthearted, some heartbreaking—under humorous titles such as “Austria-Hungary as a Bug on the Windshield.” Furthermore, Jankowski helpfully provides phonetic spellings of difficult or unfamiliar proper nouns and presents summaries and guides at each chapter’s beginning. Through it all he showcases the region’s intangible and resilient spirit—for instance, in the story of the general who prevented the looting of a national Hungarian museum in 1919 using nothing but tape, even as the bulk of Eastern Europe lay devastated by WWI. Jankowski’s history of the region serves as a welcome introduction or refresher course. 100-plus b&w illus., including maps, graphs, photos. (Nov.)

 
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