The acclaimed, first-ever comprehensive
popular history of the region to appear in English

“A sweeping history of Eastern Europe … a commendable feat.” Library Journal

October 2013 | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 624 pages | 100-plus b&w illus., including maps, graphs, photos | Trade paper | $24.95 | 978-0-9850623-2-3 | World


“This broad overview describes the nearly indefinable region that, until the Berlin Wall’s sudden fall, was shrouded behind the Iron Curtain—nations and peoples living amid constantly shifting boundaries in a centuries-old battleground between East and West... . [Jankowski] displays an ease and familiarity with cultural minutiae while briskly covering intense topics of genocide, religion, and Communist implosion…. Jankowski’s history of the region serves as a welcome introduction or refresher course.” Publishers Weekly

“A brief, concise, and informative introduction to the less-known part of the old continent. No country is left out: from Albania to Moldova, from Romania to Poland, from Bulgaria to Lithuania. No historic period is overlooked: from the dark ages of prehistory to the Middle Ages, from the Renaissance to the two world wars, from the Soviet period to the collapse of communism. This 600-page book can serve as both an introduction to Eastern Europe and a refresher to its intricate history. It is accessible and stimulating reading that includes humor, pictures, maps, tables, charts, and even poems and recipes. A good resource for teachers, students, and all those with roots in this part of the world.” CHOICE

“[The] colloquial style succeeds in making this an accessible, if thorough, history of pretty much everywhere from East Berlin to the Black Sea back to 500CE... . This should be recommended reading for anyone heading to the former Eastern Bloc.” Traveller, easyJet’s inflight magazine

“An entertaining and fact-filled historical survey of a fascinating and important part of the world all too infrequently covered ... for academics, students, and the general public alike, leading the reader on an approximately 2000-year odyssey stretching from the Balkans in the south to the Baltic region in the north.” —Jeff Pennington, Executive Director, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley


Tomek Jankowski ⎯ who was raised in a Polish family in Buffalo, New York⎯worked, studied, and traveled in Poland, Hungary, and other regions of Eastern Europe from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, gaining a functional literacy of several languages in the process. He holds a degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently he is a senior analyst at a research firm that specializes in producing market analysis for the management consulting world, where he has authored numerous reports focusing on Eastern Europe and other emerging markets regions, as well as the financial services industry. Married to a native Pole, he lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire and still spends time in Eastern Europe. The author lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire.