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The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe: Revised and Updated Paperback – September 22, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0312239855 ISBN-10: 0312239858 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Revised edition (September 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312239858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312239855
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Praise for Hupchick and Cox: A useful text and library reference. Hupchick’s descriptions are lucid, and Cox’s cartography is clear and well-coordinated with the narrative . . . a crucial publication on East Central Europe and the Balkans that can serve as a supplemental volume or stand alone as a short text.” —Nationalities Papers

“A valuable tool for the classroom and the general public.” —Multicultural Review

“A well organized, easy-to-use set of 50 maps . . . well-written . . . A welcome publication . . .” —Choice

“. . . an admirable summary of the history of the area, tracing the complex ethnic and cultural interactions of the peoples of Eastern Europe. It also offers an excellent background for the understanding of the current problems experienced in the region. . . Recommended for collections of all types. . .” —Booklist

About the Author

Dennis P. Hupchick is Associate Professor of History at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, where he also directs the East European and Russian Studies Program.

Harlold E. Cox is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By baboonsbookreview on September 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
* * * Do NOT buy hardcover version! * * *
Summary:
Maps: **
Text: ***(*)
Text-part to be used together with a different atlas. (e.g. "Historical Atlas of East Central Europe, by P. R. Magocsi or Cartographia's "Történelmi Világatlasz" (in Hungarian))
When I first discovered this atlas I thought: "At last a specific work on the topic in English!".
Well, despite the range of the maps - 52, listed at the end of the review - it was a disappointment.
First: As all ready pointed out bellow by fellow reviewers, the actual Eastern Europe - Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine - is only dealt with on the periphery. This is actually an atlas of East-Central Europe and the Balkans.
Second: The mentality of the text sometimes. "Nationalist", is one of the much preferred word used by the author, especially when dealing with newer history. The difference between "nationalism" and "patriotism" is apparently very subjective.
Third: The two first points could be something one could deal with - since a wrong title does not necessarily mean bad quality, and the book is aimed for US public - but now comes the greatest disadvantage about this work: The maps themselves. They can at best be described as of "average" quality, but words like "perfunctory" or "sloppy" could be used as well. There is no excuse for the roughness and distortion of state boundaries, the lack of rivers and cities/towns. And the actual errors to them have yet to be mentioned.
All in all, the map part of this atlas is suitable for very low-level studies of the area only, likely as a picture book for kids (and/or journalists) and the text for high-school studies.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By e1x56u$*w# on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
As the first new atlas of Eastern Europe of the new millenium, it is highly disappointing to see that this work has chosen to arbitrarily fix the eastern limits of Eastern Europe at the present-day eastern border of NATO, and leave out the "backward" lands of the former "evil empire". It is interesting to observe how people can at times discuss "European Russia" as ending at the Ural Mountains, but when it suits them feel no qualms about conveniently leaving this area out, because after all "nothing important goes on there anyway". This is just the perpetuation of long-held Western European biases about Eastern Europe (read "Slavs in the Eyes of the Occident" by Ciesla-Korytowska or "Infidels, Turks and Women: The South Slavs in the German Mind, Ca. 1400-1600" by Petkov for starters) which have been further reinforced by decades of the Cold War.

While Paul Robert Magocsi's excellent atlas also stopped short of including the eastern half of Eastern Europe (probably because he wanted us to buy his already-existing tome "Historical Atlas of Ukraine"), at least it was aptly titled "Historical Atlas of East Central Europe". This book's title is misleading to say the least.
One could make a case that the author wished to confine the coverage due to the complexity of the limited area he did cover. However, since the same author has also recently produced "The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of the Balkans", one wonders just how much more valuable this work is made by simply expanding the scope to include Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia (and perhaps parts of Hungary and Romania?)
While a good job was done on the part of Eastern Europe covered, this book would have been twice as useful with the other half of Eastern Europe included as well.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Vladyslav serdyuk on October 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
People who did this atlas wanted to cut their job and limited the Eastern Europe by deviding it by two parts. One and very big part of the Eastern Europe is not in the Historical Atlas. The biggest European countries such as Ukraine and Russia as well as other countries - Baltic states, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, etc. are not concidered to be Europe in so called Historical Atlas of the Eastern Europe. I would reccomend the authors to get some geography lessons before making any other job...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barton Cramer on June 13, 2010
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I purchased this as a prelude to a tourist trip to Southeastern Europe -- territory that was behind the Iron Curtain during much of my life. It is also territory with a turbulent and confusing history, and many ethnic and religious rivalries. I found this Palgrave Historical Atlas to be at an ideal level to serve as an introduction to the geography, demographics, and history of this region, although I confess I remain overwhelmed by the details. Nevertheless, the text accompanying the many maps is generally well-written, and the maps are simplified and generalized to an appropriate degree to convey the territorial struggles and other spatial patterns without becoming overly confusing (all maps feature black & white lines with multiple shades of green used to portray areas of interest). As the authors state, boundaries were often fuzzy and shifting in this area where Muslims and Christians of various persuasions struggled for power and control at both local and regional scales. Indeed, a watershed struggle over Muslim / Christian dominance in Europe was played out on this Eastern margin, as it was in Spain and southwestern France in the West. The authors are to be complemented in maintaining a carefully neutral tone, while at the same time not stinting in their descriptions of the often arbitrary and ill-advised political and military decisions that have led to today's still somewhat unsettled national boundaries.

For the information of prospective purchasers, this atlas deals with the swath of Eastern Europe from Poland in the north through the current countries of The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, to the Balkans and Greece in the south, plus Romania and Bulgaria on the coast of the Black Sea. Germany, Russia, and Turkey, all key external players, are only portrayed and discussed along their respective bordering lands.
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