Summary

Eastern Europe has long been thought of as the "Other Europe", a region rife with political upheaval, shifting national borders, an astonishing variety of ethnic diversity, and relative isolation from the centers of power in the West. It has also been, and continues to be, pivotal in the course of world events. A History of Eastern Europe offers a sweeping 1,000-year tour with a particular focus on the region's modern history. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll observe waves of migration and invasion, watch empires rise and fall, witness wars and their deadly consequences - and come away with comprehensive knowledge of one of the world's most fascinating places.
In examining this region's remarkable diversity and contested borders, you'll better understand the ever-present tension between the connections between East and West and the areas of marked contrast. These disparities were clear as the world globalized and the US and Soviet superpowers jockeyed for spheres of influence - epitomized by the imposition of the Iron Curtain across Europe and the rise of the Berlin Wall. And yet, throughout the 20th century and into current times, the connectedness of Eastern Europe to the rest of the world continues to be demonstrated beyond question. This region has made itself felt across the globe through:



The political and cultural reverberations of peace movements and armed conflicts
The crises of huge population migrations and the new expressions of cultural and economic exchange they spark
The successes and struggles of NATO and the European Union
And more

Explore the grand sweep of this epic history, from a series of early invasions to the rise of empires to the collapse of communism and into the new challenges of the 21st century. Meet brilliant poets, writers, artists, and other cultural figures who made an impact on Eastern European history.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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By Thomas on 20-11-15

Insight into an often overlooked part of the world

As a Western European, I've always wanted to know more about my Eastern European neighbours. Although I have listened to some courses that feature Eastern Europe, it's always been in the context of another part of history, such as Russia or the First World War. This time, however, the story is really about Eastern Europe itself.

Prof. Liulevicius is clearly enthausiastic about the subject, and delivers a good mix of large-scale political and societal developments and stories about individuals, including some anecdotes about his own experiences in the places he talks about.

I think the professor does a good job dispelling some of the common stereotypes about the region, like the notion that people in the Balkans "have always been killing each other at the drop of a hat". As it turns out, the Balkans have also seen long periods of peaceful coexistence and intermingling of different ethnic groups.

If you're like me, and want to get a deeper understanding of a part of the world that's often overlooked or grossly simplified, this is the course for you.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By cole on 07-04-16

Incredible: strong focus on modern history

I enjoyed it immensely however it seemed to focus too much on the 20th century for me and ignored quite a lot of the fascinating history of the region from an earlier time

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By Brooke L. Morris on 05-12-15

"MODERN" History of Eastern Europe

Any additional comments?

Very frustrating that this was billed as a "sweeping 1,000-year tour" when the focus was entirely on the past century. Lecturer was excellent, however.

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34 of 34 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Quaker on 05-03-16

A fascinating tour through a rich and complex history

Professor Liulevicius is an international treasure and I am grateful that The Great Courses is able to bring him to me on my iPhone. His courses on espionage and on history's greatest voyages of exploration are among my favorite titles on Audible.

BUT Eastern Europe is his specialty, and so I was really looking forward to this series. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I learned surprising things about my own heritage.

I will admit there were moments when I wished I was watching the video version. I've seen bits of it, and the maps illustrating the constantly changing borders of Eastern Europe are very helpful; but if you know the geography, or if you are able to look up a map to glance at while listening (as I did), then you'll be more than satisfied with this rich and nuanced tour of a fascinating part of the world.

Highly recommended.

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