The East and Central European Experience - from the Division of the Roman Empire to the Collapse of Communism
East and Central Europe has differed from Western Europe- economically, culturally and politically. These differences may ask recognized very early in the history of Europe.Eastern and Central Europe's economic development can ask characterized as backward in relationship to Western Europe. This course concentrates on change and will show why and in which respects Eastern Europe differed and still differs- from Western Europe. Western Europe succeeded in transforming its agricultural economies into modern industrial societies. In Eastern and Central Europe this transformation was delayed, relatively speaking, and involved the establishment of socialist economies during the 20th century. The socialist experiment introduced many elements' of modernization but was unable to develop the region in pace with the more advanced Western economies, which contributed to the downfall of Communism. During the1990s most of the countries in the region begun a painful process of transformation, in order to establish a Western style market economy.