1st Edition

The Routledge History Handbook of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century Volume 1: Challenges of Modernity

    470 Pages
    by Routledge

    470 Pages
    by Routledge

    Challenges of Modernity offers a broad account of the social and economic history of Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth century and asks critical questions about the structure and experience of modernity in different contexts and periods.

    This volume focuses on central questions such as: How did the various aspects of modernity manifest themselves in the region, and what were their limits? How was the multifaceted transition from a mainly agrarian to an industrial and post-industrial society experienced and perceived by historical subjects? Did Central and Eastern Europe in fact approximate its dream of modernity in the twentieth century despite all the reversals, detours and third-way visions? Structured chronologically and taking a comparative approach, a range of international contributors combine a focus on the overarching problems of the region with a discussion of individual countries and societies, offering the reader a comprehensive, nuanced survey of the social and economic history of this complex region in the recent past.

    The first in a four-volume set on Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth century, it is the go-to resource for those interested in the ‘challenges of modernity‘ faced by this dynamic region.

    Series introduction

    Włodzimierz Borodziej and Joachim von Puttkamer


    List of figures

    List of tables

    List of maps

    List of abbreviations

    List of contributors

    Volume introduction: Challenges of modernity

    Włodzimierz Borodziej, Stanislav Holubec and Joachim von Puttkamer

    Urban and rural development in Eastern Europe

    Błażej Brzostek and Ivana Dobrivojević Tomić

    Social Structure, mobility and education

    Zsombor Bódy and Stanislav Holubec

    Transport, infrastructure and communication

    Luminița Gatejel and Jerzy Kochanowski

    Women between the public and private spheres

    Kateřina Lišková and Stanislav Holubec

    Population and family

    Stanislav Holubec and Béla Tomka

    Economic development

    Jerzy Łazor and Bogdan Murgescu

    Consumption and leisure in twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe

    Béla Tomka



    Włodzimierz Borodziej is Professor of History at Warsaw University, Poland.

    Stanislav Holubec is a researcher at the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.

    Joachim von Puttkamer is Professor of Eastern European History at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany and Co-Director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Germany.