1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138301641
Published May 5, 2020 by Routledge
470 Pages

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Book Description

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

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


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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.