1st Edition

The Economic History of Central, East and South-East Europe 1800 to the Present

Edited By Matthias Morys Copyright 2021
    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    The collapse of communism in Central, East and South-East Europe (CESEE) led to great hopes for the region and for Europe. A quarter of a century on, the picture is mixed: in many CESEE countries, the transformation process is incomplete, and the economic catch-up has taken longer than 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.


    1. Editor’s introduction: Long-term patterns of economic growth and development in Central, East and South-East Europe since 1800

         Matthias Morys

         2. Living standards in the very long run: The place of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in the Divergence debate

          Stephen Broadberry and Mikołaj Malinowski


    The long 19th century: 1800 – 1914

    3. Economic growth and sectoral developments, 1800-1914

    Michael Kopsidis and Max-Stephan Schulze

    4. Economic policy during the long 19th century

    Michael Pammer and Ali Coskun Tuncer

    5. Economic integration with Western Europe and the global economy,


    Steven Nafziger and Matthias Morys

    6. Population and living standards, 1800-1914

    Tomas Cvrcek


    The interwar period (1918 – 1939)

    7. Economic growth and sectoral developments in the interwar period

    Matthias Morys

    8. Economic policy in the interwar period

    Nathan Marcus, Stefan Nikolic and Tobias Straumann

    9. Between disintegration and convergence: flows of capital, goods, and labour

    Jari Eloranta, Stefan Nikolic and Flora Macher

    10. Population and living standards in the interwar period

    Matthias Morys and Martin Ivanov


    The communist period: 1945 – 1989/91

    11. Economic growth and sectoral developments, 1945-1989

    Tamás Vonyó and Andrei Markevich

    12. Economic policy under state socialism, 1945-1989

    Andrei Markevich and Tamás Vonyó

    13. Economic integration within COMECON and with the Western economies

    Sandor Richter

    14. Population, living standards and wellbeing, 1949-1989

    Bas van Leeuwen and Peter Foldari


    The transition period (since 1989)

    15. Economic growth and sectorial developments, 1990-2008

    Ilya Voskoboynikov

    16. Economic policy: path dependence and path creation, 1989-2015

    Laszlo Csaba

    17. Political and economic integration with the Western economies since 1989

    Kiril Kossev and William Tompson

    18. Population, living standards and well-being since 1989

    Peter Foldvari and Bas van Leeuwen


    Matthias Morys is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of York (UK). He earned a Ph.D. (2006) from the London School of Economics and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford prior to coming to York. His research interests include monetary and financial history of the 19th and 20th centuries, globalisation in historical perspective, and the economic history of Central, East and South-East Europe.