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Historical Atlas of Central Europe (History of East Central Europe) [Paperback]

Paul Robert Magocsi
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; Rev Exp edition (Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295981466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295981468
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 22.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating not just for the maps. 25 July 2003
This Atlas contains maps of different parts of Europe and the occasionally the middle east displaying a whole many of things, not least the geography. It has a large number of full colour A4 maps which display a whole manner of things from tribes, to religious movements, not mention how countries came and went, but also how their borders altered. It comes upto virtually the modern day.
I bought this book on the advice of my history tutor at University, but anyone who has a passing interest in history or maps generally could happily read this book for hours. Lots of my friends saw it lying in my room, and it has now been lent to most of my college: they all said they enjoyed it greatly. I think it would make a lovely present.
The thing which made this book for me is the quality of the writing about the maps. There are so many factions of which you won't have heard that it makes the text crucial, and it does it's job beautifully. It is illuminating, yet even for the non student/academic is thoroughly accessible. For an Atlas this is not a lot of money, and I can't recommend it highly enough both for pleasureable reading to while away an hour or so, as well as an academic tool. A thoroughly enjoyable, well presented and interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars probably the best there is 31 Aug 2003
By Erik - Published on
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I've never had an historical atlas with such minute detail about ethnic classification, and religious affiliations on the maps. Nor one that showed that information for such a long span of history.
The maps are beautiful! The color distinctions for the categories are clear and easy to discern. I like to get all historical atlases, good or mediocre. Usually every atlas will have some unique characteristic that makes having it desirable.
I'd like detailed atlases like this one for every country. The author must have perused tons of documents and records to get such specific detail.
This may be the best historical atlas in print. I wish the author would do one for all of Europe, Asia and North America.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer's Review 16 Sep 2005
By Orysia Bilyk Earhart - Published on
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As a writer of historical fiction which takes place in Eastern Europe, I have found Robert Magocsi's atlas to be outstanding and filled with detailed information that I would have to search through many books to obtain. The book not only presents the maps of Eastern Europe from its earliest times (400 AD), to the present, but also, accompanying each map is a detailed write-up of the history, geography and governments present at the time the map indicates. Thus, you not only learn what the countries/lands were at that time, but also why divisions occurred, why certain movements sprang up, and how it all lead to how the countries are now divided. The scholarship is impressive.

This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in the development of Eastern Europe. It is clearly stated, well defined, and should be in everyone's library.

Orysia Earhart Washington
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Atlas AND History 8 Mar 2006
By Matt Boisen - Published on
I was fortunate to pick up this atlas at a discount store, and what a treasure trove of history it is! I have used it extensively in researching family history and for general reading. The maps are detailed, clear and well-presented. Tight capsules of historical review are usually presented on the facing pages and gives a wonderful narrative into the never-known or almost forgotten history of East Central Europe. The irony is, of course, that this area was a hotbed of clashing cultures, war, shifting alliances, etc, and very little is common knowledge! One question: this is marked Vol. there a Vol. 2? I've been looking...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Sense of Central Europe 16 Feb 2004
By Carol A. Kalwaitis - Published on
This book helps make sense of the complex history of Central Europe in both words and maps, in a way that nationalist histories of individual countries often fail to do. The complex relations between the various empires, frequently changing borders and both major and minor wars make Central Europe one of the most complex areas to understand, and this book helps immensely. I read it in conjuction with Lonnie R. Johnson's "Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends", which explores some information in more detail, but ignores other aspects that are covered by the atlas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly informative and colorful! 9 Oct 2010
By Ulfilas - Published on
In addition to the usual demarcations between states, this book displays a number of demographic and cultural trends. Canal and railway development before 1914 gives a good view of what areas were developed and which were not. Adjacent maps also compare the population density in 1870 with that in 1910. Ethnolinguistic distribution ca. 1900 shows the degree to which nation states correspond to linguistic groups (e.g. Sudenten Germans). There is a separate map dedicated to the distribution of ethnic Germans ca. 1900--as well as the evolution of German settlement. Jews and Armenian populations ca. 1900 are also mapped. The map of cultural and educational institutions before 1914 also gives an idea of the degree of development in different areas. The battle lines of World War I and World War II are drawn in detail. Perhaps my favorite is population movements 1944-1948, with every group (and especially Germans) rushing frantically to the West. Only Ukrainians were seen to surge en masse to the East! Finally the whole thing is finished off with industrial development 1945-1989.
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