posted by y912f on .
#49. It has been said that Eastern Europe is a political region more than a physical region. Would you agree or disagree with this statement? You must provide a solid argument for your position.
I'm not sure if I've posted this up already, but here's what I have so far for my answer:
I agree that Eastern Europe is not so much a distinct physical region as it is a political one. For decades after WWII it formed a buffer between the West and the Communist superpower, the Soviet Union. Today the region is made up of a number of countries seeking to find a new identity and a new place in the world. Political changes have very dramatically changed and altered boundaries in Eastern Europe. One good example is of Germany, which was once East Germany and West Germany. Today, merged together these two form Germany.
For many years southeastern Europe from between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea, has been the scene of conflicts. Forces, both from east and west, have pulled at the people of the northern Balkan peninsula. This region is split by many different religions, ethnic differences, politics, and by languages. Even though there have been great empires ruling the Balkans, the people have never really become part of a larger national identity.
He also offered a plan for economic restructuring, or perestroika. This plan called for a gradual change from a command system to private ownership. Under this plan, the government began to allow factory managers rather than central planners to decide what to produce and how much to charge for the goods. Several factories were also converted by the government from the production of military goods to the production of consumer goods.
Farmers were starting to be granted long-term leases on land. The new leader hoped to increase food production, and for the first time in decades, people were allowed to set up independent businesses. With all this freedom, many people called for an end to communism and the domination of the central government.
I'm still not done, but is it OK so far?
Please see our previous answers we've posted for you and MC.
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