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Central Europe - enemies, neighbors, friends
Lonnie Johnson
Oxford University Press
UK Publication Date

This is a historical survey of Central Europe, a region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Unlike almost all the previous histories of this region, Lonnie Johnson doesn't divide the area into 'west' and 'east', or view it simply as the battlefield of the Cold War. Acknowledging the recent unification of Germany, the demise of the Soviet Union, and the re-asserting of Central Europe asan autonomous region, Johnson instead tells the unique history of the area. Each chapter is thematically organized around a few key issues or events that are particularly important for developing an understanding of the period addressed. The complexity of Central Europe that stems from its delightful, astonishing, and sometimes perplexing diversity is something all those interested in the area confront. Johnson's lucid, cogent prose helps make clear the competing ideological, national, religious, and economic interests that have driven the history of the region. Thorough, objective, and focused on Northern Eastern Europe, Johnson's work stands out both as a useful core text covering an area of growing interest and a beautifully rendered account of a region that is only beginning to receive current scholarly attention.

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It presents a dispassionate overview of the various historical imaginations in Central Europe, including those of smaller peoples.
Niilo Kauppi, The European Legacy, Vol.5, No.4.

It is one of the many strengths of Johnson's book that he strikes an ever-insightful balance between the history of the Central European psyche ... and the geopolitical circumstances of which that psyche is an expression ... he is uniformly stimulating on the role of the Germans as settlers in the region ... Lonnie Johnson's thought-provoking and invariably judicious analysis of these matters should become required reading for students, as well as for veterans, of
the Central European scene. As one would expect from the Oxford University Press, it comes with a full scholarly apparatus and index, but its clarity and admirable grasp of the broad sweep of historical narrative make it as suitable for the general reader as for specialists.
Nicholas T. Parsons, The Hungarian Quarterly

Keyword Index
Europe, Central - History.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
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