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Czechoslovakia would also divide into 2 separate countries the Czech Republic and Slovakia
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III. DEVELOPING THE ECONOMY A) Industry Because of its fertile plains, Eastern Europe has traditionally been a farming region After 1948, the Soviet Union promoted industry there Under communism, the government owned all factories and told them what to produce, which was inefficient because industries had little motive to please customers or cut costs Often, there were shortages of goods Eastern European nations only traded with the Soviet Union and each other, so didn’t keep up with the technology of other nations Their outdated factories also produced heavy pollution Starting in 1989, with the end of communism, most of Eastern Europe began to move towards a market economy in which industries make the goods that consumers want to buy Factories began to become privately owned instead of government owned However, after so many years under communist rule, these nations are still not as technologically advanced as Western and Northern Europe However, a few of the nations have begun to catch up economically in the last several years, especially the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland
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III. DEVELOPING THE ECONOMY B) Lingering Problems Some Eastern European nations have had trouble making economic progress for several reasons: Albania’s economic growth is slowed by old equipment, a lack of raw materials ,and a shortage of educated workers In Romania , the government still owns many industries, which limits the amount of foreign investment in the country The civil wars of the 1990s damaged the former Yugoslavia and the countries it broke into, especially Bosnia and Croatia a lot of buildings and equipment were destroyed and many workers were either killed or left the country It will take many parts of Eastern Europe many years to recover from the decades of communist control under the Soviet Union
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Damaged buildings still stand in Bosnia
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IV. A PATCHWORK CULTURE A) Cultural Diversity Because Eastern Europe contains a variety of ethnic groups, the region also has many different languages and religions The number of languages makes it hard to unify the region as many of the languages are very different from one another; for example, Hungarian is related to Finnish, while Romanian is a Romance language related to Spanish, French, and Italian; the Slavic languages (Polish, Bulgarian, Croatian, etc) are not related to any of these Similarly, many different religions are found in Eastern Europe; most of the countries of Northeastern Europe are mainly Catholic; while a lot of Southeast Europe is Eastern Orthodox Christianity; while some countries in the Balkans, such as Albania, are majority Muslim; some countries, such as Poland, also have a large Jewish population
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V. MOVING TOWARDS MODERN LIFE A) Less Urban Development Many decades under Communist rule caused of much of Eastern Europe to be much less developed than the rest of Europe
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