Eastern Europe [3 volumes]: An Introduction to the People, by Richard Frucht

By Richard Frucht

Eastern Europe: An advent to the folk, Lands, and Culture sheds mild on modern day lifestyles within the sixteen international locations comprising japanese Europe. Going past the heritage and politics already good documented in different works, this exact three-volume sequence explores the social and cultural features of a area frequently missed in books and curricula on Western civilization.

The volumes are prepared via geographic proximity and commonality in historic improvement, permitting the international locations to be either studied separately and juxtaposed opposed to others within the area. the 1st quantity covers the northern tier of states, the second one seems at lands that have been as soon as a part of the Hapsburg empire, and the 3rd examines the Balkan states. each one bankruptcy profiles a unmarried country—its geography, heritage, political improvement, economic system, and culture—and offers readers a glimpse of the demanding situations that lie forward. Vignettes on a number of themes of curiosity remove darkness from the original personality of every country.

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However, recognition did not mean stability: in fact, the Austro-Russian rivalry was only heightened after 1903, since Serbia’s subservience to Austria had been called into question by the overthrow of the Obrenovi¤ line. The so-called Pig War was one result. Provoked by the Serbian government, which negotiated trade and political agreements with Bulgaria in 1904 and 1905 without Austrian consent, the Pig War was a customs war, by which Austria hoped to prove that Serbia could not go it alone internationally (it lasted from 1906 to 1911).

The new Croatian banovina comprised 30 percent of Yugoslavia’s territory and included a Serbian minority of nearly 20 percent. This agreement satisfied only Croats, and not all of them. Serbs wondered where their banovina was; Slovenes had the same concern. More extreme Croats demanded that more or all of Bosnia be included in the banovina. The Sporazum was an unstable first step in a solution to the national question in Yugoslavia. Further steps in that solution did not come before World War II broke out a little over a week later.

In December the great powers got involved when Austria’s foreign minister, Gyula Andrassy, issued a demand that the Ottoman Empire reform its administration in Bosnia. The Russian government wished Serbia to remain out of the crisis, but as in Serbia, the Russian populace had come under the sway of Pan-Slavists (as those were called who looked to unite Slavs under some political or cultural association), who wished to push Russia into war with the Ottoman Empire. While this complicated situation played out, the Bulgarians rose in rebellion in April of 1876, bringing a brutal Ottoman response.

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