Europe East and West
By (author) Norman Davies
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Europe East and West by Norman Davies
Book DescriptionCollected here for the first time are some of the numerous essays and lectures by Norman Davies, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed "Europe, The Isles and Rising '44". Spanning over a decade and a half of his remarkably prodigious career, this highly accessible collection addresses many of the issues that continue to dominate the political and cultural climate of Europe today. In "Europe East and West", Davies argues for a comprehensive view that challenges Western stereotypes and no longer ignores the history and experience of Eastern Europe. He shows that the conventional exclusion of Central and Eastern Europe has led to serious shortcomings in our understanding of the most crucial episodes of European history, namely the Second World War. The essays collected in this volume confront prevalent distortions and prejudices; taken together, they also form a meditation on the art of history writing itself. From the classical origins of the idea of Europe to the division between East and West during the Cold War; from the Jewish and Islamic strands in European history to the expansion of Europe to other continents; from the misunderstood Allied victory in 1945 to Britain's place in Europe; from reflections on the use and abuse of history to personal recollections on learning languages - this companion volume to the bestselling Europe looks at European history from a variety of unusual and entertaining angles in an equally erudite and accessible way.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780224069243
(242mm x 162mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Norman Davies
Trail of Hope, Hardback (November 2015)
Following the conquest of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, hundreds of thousands of Polish families were torn from their homes and sent eastwards to the arctic wastes of Siberia. This book is all about the World War II.
Europe, Paperback (January 2014)
From the Ice Age to the Cold War, from Reykjavik to the Volga, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Norman Davies here tells the entire story of Europe in a single volume. It is the most ambitious history of the continent ever undertaken.
Vanished Kingdoms, Paperback (October 2012)
Europe's history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures on the map of their age. What happened to the once-great Mediterranean Empire of Aragon? This title lets you discover the stories of lost realms across the centuries.
Auschwitz Volunteer, Paperback (August 2012)» View all books by Norman Davies
September 1940. With calm deliberation, Polish Army officer Witold Pilecki walked into a Nazi German street roundup in Warsaw... and became Auschwitz Prisoner No. 4859.
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Author Biography - Norman Davies
Norman Davies C. M. G., F. B. A. is Professor Emeritus of the University of London, a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and the author of several books on Polish and European history, including God's Playground, White Eagle, Red Star, The Isles, Europe, and Microcosm. PRAISE FOR EUROPE: A HISTORY (Shortlisted for the 1997 NCR Award) 'Books of real quality and importance are rare. Norman Davies's history of Europe is one of them. It is a brilliant achievement, written with intelligence, lucidity and a breathtaking width of knowledge... This is a book everyone should read.' A.C. Grayling, Financial Times 'A noble monument of scholarship, and all the more noble because it is so full of surprise and feeling... There are superb assessments of vastly daunting subjects.' Jan Morris, Independent 'Comprehensive, irreverent and immensely stimulating.' Michael Burleigh, Independent on Sunday 'It brims with learning, crackles with common sense, coruscates with wit and abounds in good judgement,' Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Sunday Times 'Monumental, authoritative... A book for enquiring minds of all ages, it will answer hundreds of enquiries and provoke thousands more.' Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph 'One of those great books... It deserves the greatest possible readership.' The Times
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