Has a new post-socialist Central Europe emerged? This question is doubly significant at the end of the 20th century when related to that combination of events which have led to the geopolitical destruction/reconstruction of the European continent. When related to the discipline of geography a further, far more delicate and complex methodological step arises with the question of how to synthetically identify a macro-region. It is important to determine whether Central Europe is more than a zone of transition, a mere stride from Europe's current political and ecomic core. Moreover, it is significant to assess whether processes affecting this region are modified or transformed by regional factors; or whether one can even observe processes typical for this region which are absent from others. This book deals with Central Europe's geopolitical position, together with the transformation and migration processes occuring there and its effect on that area.
The Editors: Francis W. Carter. Born 1938 in Wednesfield, Staffordshire, England. Educated in geography at the universities of Sheffield (B.A. Hons.); Cambridge (Dip. Educ.); London (M.A.; Ph.D.); Prague (D. Nat. Sc.); Cracow (D. Phil.) In 1990 appointed Head of the Department of Social Sciences at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London. Peter Jordan. Born 1949 in Hermagor, Carinthia, Austria. Educated in geography and ethnology at the University of Vienna (D. Phil.), habilitation at the University of Klagenfurt. From 1977-1989 he was a member of the editorial staff for the Atlas of the Danubian Countries. In 1989 appointed Head of the Department of Geography at the Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies, Vienna; editor-in-chief of the Atlas of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Violette Rey. Born 1943 in Grenoble, Isere. Educated in geography and history at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) and the Sorbonne, Paris. Founding member of the Equipe P.A.R.I.S.-CNRS. Since 1986 she has been a professor at the ENS Fontenay-St. Cloud and director of the 'Geophile' research centre. Member of the editorial staff for the 'Geographie Universelle RECLUS'; author of a volume on 'Europe centre orientale', 1996.