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.
Table of Contents
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
Jerzy Łazor and Bogdan Murgescu
Consumption and leisure in twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe
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.