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Historical Atlas of Central Europe

Third Revised and Expanded Edition

by (author) Paul Robert Magocsi

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2018
Historical Geography, Eastern, General
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    Nov 2018
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    Dec 2018
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    Oct 2002
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Central Europe remains a region of ongoing change and continuing significance in the contemporary world. This third, fully revised edition of the Historical Atlas of Central Europe takes into consideration recent changes in the region. The 120 full-colour maps, each accompanied by an explanatory text, provide a concise visual survey of political, economic, demographic, cultural, and religious developments from the fall of the Roman Empire in the early fifth century to the present. No less than 19 countries are the subject of this atlas. In terms of today's borders, those countries include Lithuania, Poland, and Belarus in the north; the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Slovakia in the Danubian Basin; and Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, and Greece in the Balkans. Much attention is also given to areas immediately adjacent to the central European core: historic Prussia, Venetia, western Anatolia, and Ukraine west of the Dnieper River.


Embedded in the text are 48 updated administrative and statistical tables. The value of the Historical Atlas of Central Europe as an authoritative reference tool is further enhanced by an extensive bibliography and a gazetteer of place names – in up to 29 language variants – that appear on the maps and in the text.


The Historical Atlas of Central Europe is an invaluable resource for scholars, students, journalists, and general readers who wish to have a fuller understanding of this critical area, with its many peoples, languages, and continued political upheaval.

About the author

Paul Robert Magocsi, FRSC, is professor of history and political science and holds the John Yaremko Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

"A valuable reference work for historians of Europe and a treasure house for the merely curious"

<em>Business Library Review</em>

"Any reader of Paul Robert Magocsi’s cartographic works can only admire and commend the efforts and scholarship of the author and his teammates. The results of their work have already been helpful to an entire generation of students of Central Europe wishing to become acquainted with the region, and these new editions will undoubtedly help introduce the area to newcomers."

<em>Harvard Ukrainian Studies Journal</em>

"The Historical Atlas of Central Europe is a marvellous work that deserves to be in every map library, history department, researcher’s office, or even one’s coffee table. Considering the current events transpiring in this region of Europe, this atlas may well become one of the most used in any collection or classroom."

<em>Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin</em>

"The Historical Atlas of Central Europe is not only a very useful tool for research and (most of all) teaching, but also a very beautiful, very well-edited publication. And it is a very direct way to tell the history of this part of the continent with the help of short descriptions (mostly not longer than one to two pages), geographical maps, and statistics in sixty-one chapters."

<em>Hungarian Studies Review</em>

"Magocsi’s Atlas is an excellent visual-history enterprise and a great reference tool."

<em>East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies</em>

"The Historical Atlas of Central Europe is a mammoth project, focusing on the history of a region underrepresented by Western historians for too long, while addressing a large public with excellent maps and coherent accompanying texts."

<em>Austrian History Yearbook</em>

"There is nothing comparable to this book in any language and its usefulness to the profession and interested public is beyond any doubt. The work is destined to exert considerable and lasting influence on generations of scholars, experts, diplomats, and politicians."

George Barany, University of Denver

"A Superb reference tool for those interested in the region and as essential aid for those involved in teaching the history of East Central Europe."

<em>Journal of Refugee Studies</em>

"Although the Historical Atlas of Central Europe is attractive enough to grace a coffee table it will mainly be used for teaching in higher education. It is admirably suited for that purpose. The individual chapters stand alone very well, and will make fine background readings for seminars on many aspects of Central Europe, particularly its modern history. Anyone teaching on these subjects will find this volume to be an invaluable resource."

<em>European History Quarterly</em>

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