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Central Europe

Enemies, Neighbors, Friends

Third Edition

Lonnie Johnson

Publication Date - February 2010

ISBN: 9780195386646

400 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $84.99

The only comprehensive history of the region that does not rely on the cold war concept of dividing Central Europe into an "east" and a "west"


This historical survey of Central Europe covers a region that encompasses contemporary Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. Author Lonnie R. Johnson illuminates the competing religious, cultural, economic, national, and ideological interests that have driven the history of Central Europe in the past millennium. Each chapter is thematically organized around issues or events that are key to developing an appreciation for the historical and political dynamics of the region, particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This third edition also contains a new concluding chapter and epilogue and several redesigned and updated maps.


  • Chapter 12: The Failure of Eastern Europe, 1948-1989 has been rewritten to take into account the needs of readers who are not familiar with Stalinism or the various attempts to reform Communism in Eastern Europe. Incorporating recent scholarship based on post-1989 access to Eastern European archives, this chapter gives the reader a window into the rigors of everyday life under Communism.
  • The previous epilogue has been turned into a full chapter (Chapter 13: The Revolutions of 1989 and their Aftermaths) that offers an up-to-date analysis of the various revolutions that took place in Eastern Europe in 1989. It discusses the collapse of Yugoslavia and the enlargement of NATO and the EU, as well as the dilemmas and ironies of "transformation." Looking back from the vantage point of time, this chapter identifies the relative successes and failures that have accompanied the transformation of Communist states with planned economies into democracies with market economies since 1989.
  • Features a new epilogue ("Old Europe, New Europe, and Central Europe since 9/11")--updated to cover events since 2001--that addresses the redefinition of the transatlantic relationship during the Bush administrations and the impact of the enlargement of NATO and the EU. Arguing that the most dynamic phase of "post-Communism" has come to an end, it concludes with a comparative look at the region twenty years after the end of each of the major twentieth-century wars.

About the Author(s)

LJ: Executive Director of the Fullbright Commission in Vienna, Austria; specializes in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in the 20th Century. Books include: Introducing Austria (Ariadne Press, 1989) and Vienna (Ariadne Press, 1995).

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 2001
October 1996

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Where is Central Europe?
    1. Central Europe and the Roman Christian West, 400-1000
    2. Feudal Foundations, 1000-1350
    3. The Great Late Medieval Kingdoms
    4. The Bulwarks of Christendom
    5. The Counter Reformation: The Roman Catholic Church and the Habsburg Dynasty, 1550-1700
    6. Absolutism as Enlightenment, 1700-1790
    7. Nations without States, States without Nations, 1790-1848
    8. The Demise of Imperial Austria and the Rise of Imperial Germany, 1848-1890
    9. World War I and National Self-Determination, 1914-1922
    10. Spheres of Influence I, Germany and the Soviet Union
    11. Spheres of Influence II, East and West or "Yalta Europe"
    12. The Failure of Eastern Europe, 1956-1989
    13. The Revolutions of 1989 and their Aftermaths
    Epilogue: Old Europe, New Europe, and Central Europe since 9/11