Scholars have tried to define and determine the future of the region that stretches from Greece to Latvia. Based on their thematic focus, specialists have reframed and renamed the region that was formally known Eastern Europe to central Europe. Central Europe is a region that lies between the western and Eastern Europe. The name of the region resurfaced after cold war that divided Europe into two; east and west. Though the concept of the Central Europe is considered difficult to understand, some scholars argue that its identity and concept emanate from social, historical and cultural attributes of the place.
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The western and united states are believed to have shifted their attitudes and support on the economic and political policies of the central Europe during the Cold War (Johnson). After failing of the apparent soviet bloc unity, Johnson provides development highlights that followed in the central Europe especially Hungary, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Reforms that followed in these regions explain their distinct cultural and economic developments which are different from the rest of Europe. In conclusion, religion, diplomatic struggles, and nationalism have played a great role in shaping the unique identity of the central Europe. By considering conflicts that defined central Europe, The west Europe is depicted as more privileged. The region has been dragged behind by authoritarian regimes that have historically defined the region.
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Johnson, Lonnie. Central Europe. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Print.