Contents: Eastern Europe: Caldron of Conflict -- The Balkan Powderkeg. The Birth of Independent Eastern Europe -- The 'Subject Nationalities' at War; The Balkan States at War; The 'Peace Settlement' in Eastern Europe; The 'Peace Settlements' Evaluated. Growing Pains, 1920-1929 -- General Problems Common to Eastern Europe; The Newly Created States; The Balkan Kingdoms. Toward the Abyss, 1929-1939 -- The Great Depression; States Specifically Targeted for Conquest by Hitler; The Yugoslav Case; The Pro-Axis States; The Albanian Exception. Journey's End: World War II, 1939-1945 -- The 'Victim States'; The Axis Allies. Epilogue. Index.
After completing his graduate degrees at Indiana University, Edward D. Wynot, Jr., joined the faculty at Florida State University, where he is professor of East European history. Among his publications are books on Polish Politics in Transition: The Camp of National Unity, 1935-1939; Warsaw Between the Wars, 1919-1939; and the Coming of the Second World War, along with numerous scholarly articles. He has served on the editorial boards of professional journals and won several teaching awards at Florida State.