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East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union : Environment and Society - David Turnock

East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union

Environment and Society

By: David Turnock (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th June 2001
ISBN: 9780340692165
Number Of Pages: 272

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Since 1898, the former communist countries of Eastern Europe have gained international prominence. The continuing socio-economic transition and the instability evident in areas like the Caucasus and Former Yugoslavia have drawn the western world into uneasy interactions with the region. At the same time, closer commercial and cultural contacts are providing opportunities for rewarding relationships which have now resulted in many of these countries joining the EU.

This book provides detailed coverage of the transition from communism to a market economy. Covering the whole range of East Central European and former Soviet Union countries, it charts the diversity within the region, offering in-depth coverage of specific areas as well as a broad view of development across the region. The book is organised into three comprehensive sections: the historical, socio-economic and environmental. The socio-economic section considers the critical issues of restructuring to effect the transition from central planning to a market economy, while the historical material provides an essential context for the constraints and opportunities affecting the region. The environmental section places emphasis on results of environmental neglect inherited from communism as well as looking to the future implications of EU directives on the problems of biodiversity and pollution in the region.

List of contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xii
Map: Countries of East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Unionp. xiv
Introduction: transition economies - the political-economic contextp. 1
Historical geographyp. 11
The transition economies in historical perspectivep. 13
The states systemp. 30
Russia and the Heartland episodep. 41
Economic development and its legacyp. 56
The Hungarian urban network: historical perspectivesp. 69
Contemporary human processesp. 81
Introduction to contemporary human processesp. 83
Ethnicityp. 88
Agrarian changep. 104
Industrial restructuring between Magdeburg and Magadan: on the road from Marx to Market?p. 118
Changing urban landscapes in East Central Europep. 130
Transport and tourismp. 140
Transition regions and the new economic developmentp. 152
The environmentp. 163
Introduction to the environmentp. 165
The state of the environment in the CISp. 173
The environmental challenge of societal transition in East Central Europep. 187
Sustainable agriculturep. 200
The Bulgarian nuclear energy sector in contextp. 207
Environmental protection: the Carpathian ecoregionp. 216
Conclusion: environmental geographies of post-socialist transitionp. 231
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780340692165
ISBN-10: 0340692162
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 29th June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.05  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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