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Europe's Third World - The European Periphery in the Interwar Years (Electronic book text)
Europe's Third World - The European Periphery in the Interwar Years (Electronic book text): Derek H. Aldcroft
Europe's Third World - The European Periphery in the Interwar Years (Electronic book text): Derek H. Aldcroft

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Derek H. Aldcroft

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Economic historians have perennially addressed the intriguing question of comparative development, asking why some countries develop much faster and further than others. Focusing primarily on Europe between 1914 and 1939, this present volume explores the development of thirteen countries that could be said to be categorised as economically backward during this period: Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Yugoslavia. These countries are linked, not only in being geographically on Europe's periphery, but all shared high agrarian components and income levels much lower than those enjoyed in western European countries. The study shows that by 1918 many of these countries had structural characteristics which either relegated them to a low level of development or reflected their economic backwardness, characteristics that were not helped by the hostile economic climate of the interwar period. It explores, region by region, how their progress was checked by war and depression, and how the effects of political and social factors could also be a major impediment to sustained progress and modernisation. For example, in many cases political corruption and instability, deficient administrations, ethnic and religious diversity, agrarian structures and backwardness, population pressures, as well as international friction, were retarding factors. In all this study offers a fascinating insight into many areas of Europe that are often ignored by economists and historians. It demonstrates that these countries were by no means a lost cause, and that their post-war performances show the latent economic potential that most harboured. By providing an insight into the development of Europe's 'periphery' a much more rounded and complete picture of the continent as a whole is achieved.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: April 2016
First published: 2006
Authors: Derek H. Aldcroft
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 229
ISBN-13: 978-1-317-13887-7
Barcode: 9781317138877
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Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Economic history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Economic history
Books > Humanities > History > European history
Books > History > European history
Books > History > European history > General
Books > Humanities > History > European history > General
LSN: 1-317-13887-2

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