East Central Europe Between The Two World Wars By Joseph Rothschild

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“East Central Europe between the Two World Wars,” written by Joseph Rothschild, is ninth volume of the 11-volume series of books written about the history of East Central Europe. Each book in the series provides study of specific period of time in different historical context and this particular volume concentrates on the countries of East Central Europe in the interwar period. The book is rich with detailed information about each state-nation that was established in the given period and it tries to identify important political as well as socioeconomic issues that were experienced in the region.
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There are ten chapters in the book, including individual chapters on Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania. The chapters are also supported with the geographical maps and various tables. Before starting to study the story of individual states, the author wrote introductory survey that gives reader so-called background information about the situation before and after the World War I. This section discusses the role of Germany and Soviet Union in the region and how they influenced status of East Central European countries as independent states.
The chapters concerning each country conduct general analysis of various factors including economic, social, cultural, and political. Moreover, it supplies wide range of information about the ethnic composition of a country, important sectors of an economy, religious variety, population composition, urbanization process, and politically and historically significant events. Even though the title of the book suggests the period between the two wars, the section also includes historical relevance of the nation to the region before the given period. For example, in the chapter about Hungary, the author mentions Kingdom of Hungary which existed around the ninth century; or in the section about Poland, the existence of Polish Commonwealth in the seventeenth century is indicated as well. This, of course, reinforces the idea and importance of national identity for the existence and survival of countries as separate entities.
Since the book covers almost all possible issues connected to the East Central region between the two World Wars, it might be very useful source to start for a research or simply to get closer view about the history of the given region. Nevertheless, for the purposes of detailed research, this book might not be enough. The fact that the book was written by...

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