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The Routledge History Handbook of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century
Volume 2: Statehood

ISBN 9781138301665
Published May 4, 2020 by Routledge
348 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Statehood examines the extending lines of development of nation-state systems in Eastern Europe, in particular considering why certain tendencies in state development found a different expression in this region compared to other parts of the continent.

This volume discusses the differences between the social developments, political decisions and historical experience that have influenced processes of state-building, with a focus on the structural problems of the region and the different paths taken to overcome them. The book addresses processes of building social orders and examines the contribution of state institutions to social and cultural integration and disintegration. It analyzes institutional and personnel continuities that have outlasted the great political changes of the twentieth century and addresses the expansion of state activity in shaping property relations in agriculture and industry as well as in social security and family politics. Taking a comparative approach based on experiential history, allowing individual experience to be detached from specific national references, the volume delineates a transnational comparison of problems shared within the region as they have been passed down through history, providing definition to the specificity of Eastern Europe and situating the historical experience of the region within a pan-European context.

The second in a four-volume set on Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth century, it is the go-to resource for those interested in statehood and state-building in this complex region.

Table of Contents

Series introduction

Włodzimierz Borodziej and Joachim von Puttkamer


List of figures

List of abbreviations

List of contributors

Volume introduction: statehood

Włodzimierz Borodziej, Sabina Ferhadbegović and Joachim von Puttkamer

1 Projections and representations of statehood

Sabina Ferhadbegović

2 Towards a new quality of statehood: bureaucratization and state-building in empires and nation states before 1914

Hannes Grandits, Pieter Judson and Malte Rolf

3 Deconstructing and reconstructing statehood: the impact of the World Wars (Part I) – the First World War

Jochen Böhler

4 Statehood in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe: the interwar period

Dietmar Müller

5 Deconstructing and reconstructing statehood: the impact of the World Wars (Part II) – the Second World War

Jochen Böhler

6 Statehood in socialism

Ulf Brunnbauer and Claudia Kraft

7 1989 and beyond

Joachim von Puttkamer


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

Sabina Ferhadbegović is Research Associate at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany.

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