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Introduction

Ivan T. Berend

in History Derailed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232990
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232990.003.0001
Introduction

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In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the Central and Eastern European elite, national prophet-poets, intellectuals, and enlightened aristocrats, looked to the West with the greatest admiration. From the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth, a series of Central and Eastern European political thinkers, poets, statesmen, and reformers closely watched the ideas and transformation of Western Europe. Most of the reform-oriented Central and Eastern European elite were convinced that the rise, the “century-long experience,” of Northwestern Europe offered a model to follow. They would have to educate themselves, set goals, implement the needed reforms, build the required institutions, and “adopt the norms of European life”.

Keywords: Central Europe; Eastern Europe; Northwestern Europe; Western Europe; elite; political thinkers

Chapter.  1519 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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