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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226561526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226561523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,442,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“To say that this is the best available introduction to the international history of Eastern Europe may sound to the author a left-handed compliment. . . . Perhaps McNeill himself will oblige us with a sequel.”–Historical Journal

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About the Author

William H. McNeill is the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago. In 2009 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for his work as a teacher, scholar, and author. His many books include The Pursuit of Power, The Rise of the West, and Mythistory and Other Essays, all published by the University of Chicago Press. 


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Trovato on February 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Despite its title, this is largely a study of the states surrounding the steppe. The book has excellent comments of the practicalities of grassland agriculture, is strong on Hungary, weak on Poland, has nothing on the steppe nomads and nothing on the formative period before 1500. Since McNiell is interested in the reasons for events rather than the events themselve, anyone interested in these countries would benefit form his interpretation of their history. Vintage McNiell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. D ONEIL on January 21, 2014
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This is classic William H. McNeill work and has all the virtues that made him so popular and famous. Its elegant prose seems a bit dated now, but remains very readable. McNeill is at his best in explaining the dynamic that made the strip of territory stretching from Hungary eastward so turbulent and fraught for Europe, and suggesting why the areas in an adjoining the steppe lands, such as the Balkans and Ukraine, remain so troubled today. It does have its slow spots, but overall this is a book not to be missed for anyone who wants to understand this region.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulfilas on May 28, 2011
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There was a time when the steppe that roughly corresponds to Ukraine was up for grabs. This book essentially tells this story, with Russia, Austria, and Turkey as the principle suitors. By the 18th century reign of Catharine the Great, Russia had emerged victorious in this quest, with the Serfs tied to this land to help secure it. I should also make the following observation regarding the Ukraine, that the Russian work "ukraina" corresponds to the word for "border". Indeed the steppe was just such a contentious border and frontier for those many years before the Russians were able to secure it.
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