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Central Europe


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Central Europe


Central Europe

  1. A geographic region in the center of Europe, usually including the former Austro-Hungarian states, Poland, and Germany.

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The boundaries of Central Europe are not precise, and vary with the person discussing it. However, it can be roughly defined as bordered on the west by France and the Low Countries, on the east by the political boundaries of the former Soviet Union, on the north by the Baltic Sea, and on the south by Italy and the Adriatic.


  • 1917G. K. Chesterton, A Short History of England, ch XII
    In the generation after Elizabeth the spread of the new wild doctrines in the old wild lands had sucked Central Europe into a cyclic war of creeds.
  • 1919John Maynard Keynes, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, ch 2
    To understand the present situation, we must apprehend with vividness what an extraordinary centre of population the development of the Germanic system had enabled Central Europe to become. Before the war the population of Germany and Austria-Hungary together not only substantially exceeded that of the United States, but was about equal to that of the whole of North America.
  • 1931Herbert Hoover, Third State of the Union Address
    The economic crisis in Germany and Central Europe last June rose to the dimensions of a general panic from which it was apparent that without assistance these nations must collapse.
  • 1996 — Lonnie R. Johnson, Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends, p. 4
    Western Christendom's centuries-long confrontation with the Oriental and Islamic empire of the Ottoman Turks also helped define Central Europe as a cultural and historical region.
  • 2002 — Paul Robert Magocsi, Historical Atlas of Central Europe, 2nd ed., p. xiii
    It has also become clear since 1989 that the articulate elements in many countries of this region consider eastern or even east-central to carry a negative connotation and prefer to be considered part of Central Europe.

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