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Historical Atlas of Central Europe: Revised and Expanded Edition (A History of East Central Europe (HECE)) Paperback – August 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0295981468 ISBN-10: 0295981466 Edition: Revised and Expanded Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: A History of East Central Europe (HECE) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; Revised and Expanded Edition edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295981466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295981468
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This first-rate sequel to the Historical Atlas of East Central Europe takes a mostly chronological approach to the region, providing histories of the various areas, as well as maps that show not just political boundaries but also population and population movements, canal and railroad construction, industrial growth, linguistic distribution, and cultural and educational institutions, among other factors. An effective use of color makes for maps that are easy to read and interpret. There is considerably more to this revised edition than the name change; the previous edition, though up-to-date for its time, was published just as the Soviet empire was crumbling and the Soviet Union itself was splintering into l5 independent republics. The current edition has integrated those historical changes and of 109 color maps presents 21 that are new and 41 that are substantially revised. As to the title change, Magocsi (chair, Ukrainian studies, Univ. of Toronto; A History of Ukraine) points out that "the articulate elements in many countries of this region consider eastern or even east-central to carry a negative connotation and prefer to be considered part of Central Europe." He adds that "precise boundaries" for the area are not fixed but are often a matter of opinion, so he has been guided mainly by geographical criteria. Wherever you believe "Central Europe" starts and ends, this volume is highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
Edward Cone, New York
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This first-rate sequel to the Historical Atlas of East Central Europe takes a mostly chronological approach to the region, providing histories of the various areas, as well as maps that show not just political boundaries but also population and population movements, canal and railroad construction, industrial growth, linguistic distribution, and cultural and educational institutions, among other factors.... There is considerably more to this revised edition than the name change; the previous edition, though up-to-date for its time, was published just as the Soviet empire was crumbling and the Soviet Union itself was splintering into 15 independent republics. The current edition has integrated those historical changes and of 109 color maps presents 21 that are new and 41 that are substantially revised.

(Library Journal)

This excellent new Atlas is highly welcomed, as it helps us to understand the complex and story history of Central and Eastern Europe and will serve teaching in a substantial way.

(Central Europe History)

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The maps are detailed, clear and well-presented.
Matt Boisen
Excellent book for those doing genealogy and trying to understand border changes in a particular period of history.
Czech gal
I'd like detailed atlases like this one for every country.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Erik on August 30, 2003
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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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Orysia Bilyk Earhart on September 16, 2005
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matt Boisen on March 8, 2006
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. 1...is there a Vol. 2? I've been looking...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Kalwaitis on February 16, 2004
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ulfilas on October 9, 2010
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Klose on August 2, 2005
Good concept, lots of good information -- but the maps do not give a lot of detail, they are more meant to give a rough overview accompanying the text. Given the title "atlas", the maps are somewhat disappointing. But it is a very good book with interesting written information.
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