The collapse of communism in Central, East and South-East Europe (CESEE) led to great hopes for the region and for Europe as a whole in the early 1990s. A quarter of a century on, the picture is more mixed: in many CESEE countries, the transformation process remains incomplete, and the economic catch-up process has taken much longer than originally anticipated.
The current situation has highlighted the need for a better understanding of the long-term political and economic implications of the Central, East and South-East European historical experience. This thematically organised text offers a clear and comprehensive guide to the economic history of CESEE from 1800 to the present day. Bringing together authors from both East and West, the book also draws on the cutting-edge research of a new generation of scholars from the CESEE region. Presenting a thoroughly modern overview of the history of the region, the text will be invaluable to students of economic history and CESEE area studies.
Introduction Part I: Economic development before 1800 1. Living standards in the long-run: The place of Central, East and South-East Europe in the Divergence debate Steven Broadberry Part II: The long 19th century (1800-1914) 2. Economic growth and sectoral developments Max-Stephan Schulze 3. Economic policy Coskun Tuncer 4. Economic integration with Western Europe and the world economy Steven Nafziger 5. Population and living standards Sevket Pamuk and Tomas Cvrcek Part III: The interwar period (1918-1939) 6. World War I, disintegration of empires and the emergence of nation states Jari Eloranta, Carolyn Biltoft and Virag Rab 7. Economic growth Alexander Klein 8. Economic policy Martin Ivanov 9. Population and living standards Tomas Cvrcek Part IV: The communist period (1949-1989) 10. Economic growth and sectoral developments Tamas Vonyo 11. Economic policies under the command economy Andrei Markevich 12. The economic impact of Soviet bloc economic integration Martin Ivanov 13. Population and living standards Bas van Leeuwen and Peter Foldvari Part V: The transition period (1989 to the present) 14. Economic growth and sectoral developments Ilya Voskoboynikov 15. Economic policy: pro-market reforms and backlash to the new liberal order Matthias Morys 16. Political and economic integration with the Western economies Matthias Morys 17. Population and living standards Peter Foldvari and Bas van Leeuwen