First published in 1999, this volume emerged in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union and focuses on a geographical analysis of problems associated with socio-economic changes taking place in East-Central Europe. The idea behind these contributions is to provide a confrontation of two viewpoints. The major chapters are written by East European scholars, followed by discussions held with their Western European counterparts. The idea was to provide depth and clarity to the debate on understanding those geographical problems facing the emerging East European states nearly a decade after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Contributors explore areas including the Polish economy, environmental geopolitics in the Czech Republic and the belt of opportunity and instability in Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria.
1. Introduction. F.W. Carter and W. Maik. 2. Transformation and Dilemmas of the Polish Economy. Zbyszko Chojnicki, Teresa Czyż and Jerzy J. Parysek. 3. Geographical Aspects of Societal Transformation in the Czech Republic. Martin Hampl and Jan Müller. 4. Some Features and Problems of the Transformation Process in Slovakia. Ján Paulov. 5. Recent Changes in the Socio-Economic Structure of Slovenia. Marijan M. Klemenčić. 6. The Resurgence of Submerged Minorities: Hungarians and Italians in Slovenia. André-Louis Sanguin. 7. Industrial Restructuring Through Privatization: Evidence from Romania. Claudia Popescu. 8. Restructuring of Urban and Rural Settlement in Estonia. A. Marksoo. 9. The Transformation of Polish Retailing. Andrzej Werwicki. 10. The Process of Socio-Economic Change in East-Central Europe after 1989: A View from Western Europe. Andrew H. Dawson. 11. Environmental Geopolitics and Shock-Shift Transition in the Czech Republic. Andrew Tickle. 12. The Prospects for Slovenia: Some Opportunities and Constraints. John Sargent. 13. Which Transition? Some Thoughts on ‘Some Features and Problems of the Transformation Process in Slovakia’ by Ján Paulov. Adrian Smith. 14. Privatization in Romania, with Particular Reference to the Rural Areas. David Turnock. 15. Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria: A Belt of Opportunity and Instability. George Prévélakis. 16. The Restructuring of Urban and Rural Settlement in Estonia: A Comment. Tim Unwin. 17. Regional Change in Russia: New Scales, New Issues, New Actors. M. J. Bradshaw. 18. Conclusion. F.W. Carter and W. Maik.
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