The Europe of the East commonly indicates the Pays of Europe which, conquered by the Soviet Union with leaving the Second world war, remained under the influence of the Soviet Union or at least belonged to the Eastern bloc (Baltic States for example).
This term fell in disuse since the fall from the Soviet Union at the beginning from the Années 1990 (with the profit of the Central European country and Eastern , PECO ), but is still used to name these countries, of which the socio-economic structures and mentalities were strongly marked by these years. Moreover, this term can be regarded as pejorative especially since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the countries of Eastern Europe often prefer to be regarded as pertaining to the Central Europe or the Europe of the South.
Geographical definitionStrictly speaking, the countries of Eastern Europe would be:
- Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania;
The countries pertaining to Europe of South-east, i.e. with the Balkans, would be: the Albania, the Bosnia-Herzégovine, the Bulgaria, the Croatia, the Macedonia, the Montenegro, the Serbia, the Slovenia and the Greece.
As for the Central Europe, it would include/understand in majority of the countries present in the old vision of Eastern Europe. It would be about: the Czech Republic, the Hungary, the Poland, the Slovakia, the Germany and the Austria.
Eastern Europe " historique" , as inherited the cold war
Other definitionsThe extension of Eastern Europe varies according to the visions. Three visions are presented here, of which that of UNO:
Other areas of Europe
See also: Contenu=Insertion of Eastern Europe among the other European units, to see: [[Geography of Europe#Régions of Europe]], [[Areas of Europe]]
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