The RCH Institute of History has published the newest volume of the serial Monumenta Hungariae Historica entitled "The Long Awaited West. Eastern Europe since 1944" (Budapest, 2014. [Magyar Történelmi Emlékek - Értekezések. 11.]) by Stefano Bottoni, senior research fellow of our institute and an expert of political and social history of Hungary and Romania during the Communist period. The book is a critical synthesis of the rich and contradictory history of the Eastern half of the continent since the Soviet military occupation up to present days. The six chapters combine a thematic and chronologic approach, focusing on key events but also trying to describe how political and diplomatic events, from the creation of the Soviet Bloc to the recent economic crisi, have affected the lives of millions.