Eastern Europe

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A common definition of Eastern Europe.

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From eastern + Europe

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Eastern Europe

  1. A socio-politic geographical area of eastern Europe usually including the European countries to the east of Germany, Austria and Italy, and to the west of the Urals. However, a less common definition of the region excludes the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, the Baltic states and some parts of the Balkans - placing them in Central Europe instead.
    • 1996 — Dennis P. Hupchick & Harold E. Cox, A Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, map 3
      The Slavic peoples' ancestors entered Eastern Europe between the 5th and 7th centuries from their original common homeland.

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The boundaries of Eastern Europe are not always clearly defined. "Overlapping" occurs in such cases as those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, the Baltic states, and the Balkans. Numerous sources define Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as Eastern European countries as well, while others list them as transcontinental, Eurasian or Asian countries.

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