A hundred years of Eastern Europe

Before and after the end of World War I in November 1918, the three empires in the eastern part of Europe were destroyed. There were more than a dozen countries on the map of Europe, such as Czechoslovakia, the Hungarian Democratic Republic, the Second Republic of Poland, and the Serbian-Croatian-Slovenian Kingdom. 2018 is also the 100th anniversary of the Romanian Grand Unification and the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Baltic States.

If the concept of “East Europe” in the historical-political context is followed, then today’s 13 Eastern European countries, from Poland to Albania, from the Czech Republic to Bulgaria, have had fate for nearly half of the past 100 years. Loaded with a load. Now they have outlined popular tourist routes, becoming the back garden of “mainstream Europe” and even the secret spiritual garden of the movers.

Looking back at the history of ethnic development in Eastern Europe for centuries and even thousands of years, it can be found that the “pan-Slavicism” once worshipped by the Russian Empire is as stagnant in most countries in Eastern Europe; the open minds of those societies now enable people to understand themselves. In the past, avoid repeating the mistakes of history; of course, there are also a few Balkan countries that bid farewell to civil wars and splits for a long time, the economy is fading, and politically still intrigue.

From Copernicus, Chopin, Madame Curie to John Paul II, Polish celebrities with a population of less than 40 million came forth. Dodo, Kafka, Tesla, Kundera, Soros, Javier, Djokovic, etc., are also from Eastern Europe. The Trump family has a strong relationship with Eastern Europe: the first lady of the United States was born in a small town in Slovenia, the original match of Trump came from the Czech Republic, and the grandfather of the first son-in-law came from Poland.

After the vicissitudes of life, humanity is particularly strong here. Even in poverty, most citizens live with confidence. Or as Mivosh said in the poem “Gift”: “There is nothing in this world that I want to possess; I know that no one deserves my envy. Any misfortune I have suffered, I have forgotten it; Being one is not embarrassing. There is no pain in me.”