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Historical Atlas of East Central Europe (A History of East Central Europe) Hardcover – Mar 1994


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (Mar. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295972483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295972480
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.1 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,209,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides a political, economic, and cultural geography of East Central Europe from the early fifth century through 1992.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1999
Format: Paperback
This cartographic history of Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans is essential for anyone attempting to understand the current crisis in Kosovo. Author Paul Robert Magocsi gives concise histories of the major ethnic groups, and their kingdoms, principalities, and national states occupying the territories between the German- and Italian-speaking peoples on the west and the political borders of Russia on the east. The book gives extensive treatment to the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians, Yugoslav peoples, Albanians, Bulgarians, and Greeks, others, including the Baltic peoples (Finns, Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians) are discussed, as are the Belorussians and Ukranians. While these histories are necessarily abbreviated to short summaries of principal events, the overall effect is one of cohesion that gives readers a clear picture of the historical forces at work. My sole criticism is that the text sometimes repeats itself. On the other hand, the maps and their accompanying text tell volumes about political and social conditions there. Additionally, 32 statistical tables give comparative data on ethnolinguistic and national compositions of the populations of those countries. One cannot hope to understand today's news without resources of the kind this volume so amply provides. University of Washington Press. Paperback Edition, 1995, 218 pages, index.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent history of Central Europe/Balkans with 50 maps 8 April 1999
By Arthur R. Silen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This cartographic history of Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans is essential for anyone attempting to understand the current crisis in Kosovo. Author Paul Robert Magocsi gives concise histories of the major ethnic groups, and their kingdoms, principalities, and national states occupying the territories between the German- and Italian-speaking peoples on the west and the political borders of Russia on the east. The book gives extensive treatment to the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians, Yugoslav peoples, Albanians, Bulgarians, and Greeks, others, including the Baltic peoples (Finns, Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians) are discussed, as are the Belorussians and Ukranians. While these histories are necessarily abbreviated to short summaries of principal events, the overall effect is one of cohesion that gives readers a clear picture of the historical forces at work. My sole criticism is that the text sometimes repeats itself. On the other hand, the maps and their accompanying text tell volumes about political and social conditions there. Additionally, 32 statistical tables give comparative data on ethnolinguistic and national compositions of the populations of those countries. One cannot hope to understand today's news without resources of the kind this volume so amply provides. University of Washington Press. Paperback Edition, 1995, 218 pages, index.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fine work on the region 8 Sept. 2002
By baboonsbookreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Almost 5 stars!
This atlas gives exactly what it promises: The history of the lands between the German and Italian-speaking peoples in the West and the boundaries of the former Soviet Union in the East - in short: "East Central Europe". Not to be mistaken with "Eastern Europe", which can exactly be defined by the European area of the former Soviet Union, or Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine of today.
Beside East Central Europe, the atlas also covers the Balkans.
This is the best English-language atlas of it's kind at the moment.
Balanced history telling, which tries to present both sides of disputed topics, illustrated by beautiful - although sometimes rough - maps.
This work presents the finest of Anglo-Saxon mapmaking.
To be used together with the series "A History of East Central Europe", and to be compared with the "The Times Atlas of European History".
Review based on first paperback edition, 1995
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The best historical atlas for genealogy in the region 5 Jan. 2001
By Mark Howells - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From the Baltic to the Balkans and from 400 A.D. to 1992 A.D., this atlas colorfully covers the territory in the best possible way.
Researchers with Slavic, Germanic, Jewish, Greek or other ancestry from east central Europe will find this historical atlas invaluable.
It contains 89 wonderful maps which show useful details such as the Catholic diocese and archdiocese as they appeared in 1900, the tremendous populations movements from 1944 to 1948, Jewish settlement, and of course the ethnic composition of the region at various periods. Each map comes one or more pages of explanatory text as well.
I find this atlas to be a constant help in my struggle to understand the changing borders of the region throughout history. You can't understand family history if you don't have an understanding of the history of the family's place of origins. This atlas is an ideal way to better understand the history of east central Europe.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Genealogy Resource 7 July 2000
By billski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent reference for genealogical research. A very broad collection of maps makes it useful for a wide rage of topics (religion, ethnic population distribution, politcal boundary shifts in a place where someone's always fighting over boundaries and control). A timeless reference....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Happy to know this exists 4 Jan. 2012
By Malula - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been wondering about the border changes in East Central Europe and was delighted to find this book. I know of no other source for this information, save library archives somewhere....... The author is clearly one of the few knowledgeable and published persons on that area, having just read his "History of the Sub Carpathic Rusyns". The subtleties, nuances and complexities of the areas' history are presented in a readable manner. I expect the same from the text of this Historical Atlas. I am grateful that the 60's were a time period when this kind of history was valued and gathered and we now have his records to peruse. Laura Cooley
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