Decades of Crisis: Central and Eastern Europe before World War II

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Decades of Crisis This volume leads the reader through the maze of social, cultural, economic and political changes in 12 Central and Eastern European countries, showing how every path ended in dictatorship and despotism by the start of World War II.

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"Berend's book is the broadest synthesis of the modern social, economic, and cultural history of the region that we possess, probably in any language. Much of the narrative is masterful, and of an unparalleled richness, both in fact and insight. This work displays well the broad erudition of its author."--John Connelly, "Journal of Economic History"

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In this volume Ivan Berend looks closely at the fateful decades preceding World War II and at 12 countries whose absence from the roster of major players was enough in itself, he says, to precipitate much of the turmoil. As waves of modernization swept over Europe, the less developed countries on the periphery tried with little or no success to imitate Western capitalism and liberalism. Instead they remained, as Berend shows, rural, agrarian societies notable for the tenacious survival of feudal and aristocratic institutions. In that context of frustration and disappointment, rebellion was inevitable. Berend leads the reader through the maze of social, cultural, economic and political changes in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and the Soviet Union, showing how every path ended in dictatorship and despotism by the start of World War II. The volume seeks to shed light on the war, ethnic cleansing, poverty, and economic chaos that continue to plague Central and Eastern Europe.

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