The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe


4 thoughts on “The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present

  1. Lucy Barnhouse Lucy Barnhouse says:

    Well I made it through this book and it was a bit of a slog As background reading for lecture prep I daresay it would be handy But as a general history for the interested lay reader as contextually I was reading this beforeduring a trip to the Czech Republic and Poland it's uite dense Especially for the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries it's written very much as a political history thick with names and acronyms Moreover the organization of the chapters is such that the narrative flows freely among the territories involved This makes good sense given the complex cultural and geopolitical histories but for the reader without much background or enough knowledge of Slavic languages to tell instantly when the narrative has moved from Bohemia to Poland say it can be a challenge Also the cultural pronouncements struck me as strangely dated Chopin for instance is spoken of as embodying the Polish soul I love Chopin but have politicalintellectual historians moved back to seriously discussing such a thing as The National Character and I didn't realize? Such uestions does this book leave me with


  2. Paul W Paul W says:

    East Central Europe Poland Czech Republic Slovakia and Hungary has played a pivotal role in the 20th century from Austria Hungary's ultimatum to Serbia which sparked World War 1 to the Munich Agreement which led to the demise of Czechoslovakia the invasion of Poland which began World War 2 the descent of the Iron Curtain in 1945 and the Hungarian uprising the Prague Spring and the birth of Solidarity in Poland As Wandcy notes for centuries challenges coming from the West and an ambivalent relationship with the West constituted an essential element of East Central European history Wandycz takes us through a fast paced review of the region's history As he jumps between events the inclusion of dates would have helped his readers navigation And the compression results in events one or two decades apart being grouped without a clear linkage between them Because of the breadth of material being covered Wandycz also unnecessarily interrupts his narrative to inform the reader he will return to a particular point laterFor those interested in this region this will prove an engaging overview


  3. Auris Auris says:

    I had to read it for my university class concerning East European history and didn't enjoy it at all It was confusing there was a lot of data you just had to know and all in all it just doesn't deserve the expensive price it has


  4. Debbi Debbi says:

    This was not what I hoped for Very little time is spent on the Middle Ages and the origins of the inhabitants of East Central Europe Well written history however


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The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present Author Piotr Stefan Wandycz – Thomashillier.co.uk The Price of Freedom surveys and explains the fascinating and intricate history of East Central Europe the present day countries of the Czech Republic Hungary Poland and Slovakia Taking a thematic app The Price of Freedom surveys of Freedom: PDF/EPUB ì and explains the fascinating and intricate history of East Central Europe the present day countries of the Czech Republic Hungary Poland and Slovakia Taking a thematic approach the author explores such issues and controversies as the tension between the industrial developed West and the agrarian East Central Europe the rise of modern nationalism democracy and The Price MOBI :↠ authoritarianism and Communism While the countries of East Central Europe have differed dramatically from one another the author asserts that they have been bound by a certain community of fate These comparisons are traced through the Middle Ages and the Early Modern era to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries This exploration reveals that it is no accident that the Czech Republic Price of Freedom: PDF/EPUB Â Hungary and Poland were the first among the former Soviet bloc nations to be admitted to NATO and are likely to become the first members of the expanded European Union Thus an understanding of their experiences contributions and their place within the European community of nations vastly enriches our knowledge of Europe's past and presentThe second edition of this distinguished book Price of Freedom: A History ePUB ½ brings the history of the region up to date It discusses the Price of Freedom: A History ePUB ½ events of the post communist decade of the s and the problems resulting from the transition to democracy and market economy.

  • Paperback
  • 354 pages
  • The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present
  • Piotr Stefan Wandycz
  • English
  • 10 June 2016
  • 9780415254915