Growth and Change in Post-socialist Cities of Central Europe
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This book presents multidimensional socio-economic transformations taking place in the post-socialist cities located in selected countries of the Central European region.
The analysis includes case studies from the Eastern part of Germany (Chemnitz, Leipzig), Poland (Łódź, Kielce, Katowice conurbation, and peripheral urban centres from Eastern Poland), Slovakia (Bratislava, Nitra), Czech Republic (Olomouc, Brno), and from Hungary (Pécs). The analysed urban areas have undergone far-reaching political and socio-economic changes in the last 30 years. These changes began with the collapse of communism and the centrally planned economy system in the region of Central Europe. The beginning of this period, often referred to as post-socialist transformation, dates back to 1989. The consequence of the aforementioned political processes was the multifaceted socio-economic and demographic changes that significantly affected urban areas in Central Europe. This book presents an attempt to summarize the main long-term processes of changes taking place in these urban areas and to identify contemporary and future trends in their socio-economic development.
The book will be valuable to undergraduate and postgraduate students in human geography, urban studies, economy, and city marketing, especially with an interesting in Central Europe.
Table of Contents
Waldemar Cudny, Josef Kunc, Irena Dybska-Jakóbkiewicz
2. Post-socialist urban change and its spatial patterns - the case of Nitra
Ira Vladimir, Boltižiar Martin
3. The University as the creative hub – the city of Olomouc after 1989
Zdeněk Szczyrba, Irena Smolová, Martin Jurek
4. In the shadow of Karl Marx: The case of Chemnitz and its multiple transitions
5. Young people's life plans and their impact on the demographic future of a shrinking city - Kielce case study
Mirosław Mularczyk, Wioletta Kamińska
6. Manufacturing in the Post-Industrial City: The Role of a “Hidden Sector” in the Development of Pécs, Hungary
7. Socioeconomic development in Bratislava during post-socialism
Pavol Korec, Slavomír Ondoš
8. Brno in transition: From industrial legacy towards modern urban environment
Josef Kunc, Petr Tonev
9. Challenges and Problems of Re-growth: The Case of Leipzig (Eastern Germany)
Dieter Rink, Marco Bontje, Annegret Haase, Sigrun Kabisch, Manuel Wolff
10. Łódź - a multidimensional transition from an industrial center to a post-socialist city
11. The socio-economic transformation of the Katowice conurbation in Poland
12. Population ageing processes in towns and cities situated in peripheral areas.
An example of urban centres in Eastern Poland
Wioletta Kamińska, Mirosław Mularczyk
Josef Kunc, Cudny Waldemar
Waldemar Cudny is an Associate Professor at The University of Lodz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Poland. He specialises in urban, tourism geography, event studies. His publications include such books as City Branding and Promotion: The Strategic Approach (Routledge, 2019) and Urban Events, Place branding and Promotion. Place Event Marketing (Routledge, 2020).
Josef Kunc, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Brno, Czech Republic. He specialises in the transformation of the current socio-economic and spatial environment of cities and regions, consumer preferences, shopping behavior, and retail management as well as special interest tourism.