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Gods Playground This Edition Of Norman Davies Study Of The History Of Poland Has Been Revised And Fully Updated With Two New Chapters To Bring The Story To The End Of The Th Century The Writing Of Polish History, Like Poland Itself, Has Frequently Fallen Prey To Interested Parties Professor Norman Davies Adopts A Sceptical Stance Towards All Existing Interpretations And Attempts To Bring A Strong Dose Of Common Sense To His Theme He Consequently Presents A Comprehensive Survey Of This Frequently Maligned And Usually Misunderstood Country



10 thoughts on “Gods Playground

  1. says:

    I have been told by friends living in Warsaw that Norman Davies God s Playground is required reading for American diplomats employed in Poland If this is true, Bravo for the U.S Foreign service.The state of historical writing in Poland is lamentable During the 19th century when England, France and the United States were establishing their historical professions, Poland did not exist It was divided be


  2. says:

    Norman Davies is an outstanding historian who is one of the world s leading experts in Polish history, and the book demonstrates this It contains a wealth of detail that paints the daily life in historic times, but also analyses long term developments within the Polish nation as well as in international politics, of which Poland has so often and so dramatically been the victim This is simply the best and


  3. says:

    An incredible book, even if I can t remember ever taking so long to finish one Extremely dense with information there sthan a person could ever hope to retain to memory here fact after fact What really makes this book stand out in my mind though is that Davies makes it all come together I may not remember many of the dates and details, but I feel like I have a general understanding of Polish history that I n


  4. says:

    Ahh I ve actually made this my last book of the year God s Playground has been sitting on my bookshelf for years I can t believe that I waited so long to read it It was a long and dense read, but this book gives its reader a view of history of Poland though with a focus on the commonwealth great detail which I haven t really seen in a history book before and for that reason, I love it.


  5. says:

    I wanted to rate this higher Davies produced a masterful study of Poland s pre partition history, but it may be the densest tome I ve ever picked up Imagine a book with a full chapter devoted to the Vistula grain trade Yet I stuck with it, and read every last page, even thought the going was slow Davies is a serious scholar who has dug into primary source material to produce a thorough, masterful study of Poland, an


  6. says:

    There s No Land Like Poland When you think about Europe, you have seen or read numerous histories of Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain and even Portugal There are lots of books that deal with Eastern Europe in the modern age, with Ottoman Turkey, the USA, and many other parts of the world, but comprehensive histories of Poland are rare I realized this when I found the present volume in a Melbourne book stor


  7. says:

    It has never taken me so long to read anything, but this is definitely not the type to just flick through on the bus Though I was expecting your traditional history book, this one is so muchFact after fact, detailed description of reality all through But it definitely didn t feel like 570pages rather 2k


  8. says:

    This is the second time I have read this The best history of Poland in English, one of the best in any language I have been told.


  9. says:

    The History of Poland as written by Norman Davies I found Vol 1 to be a bit of a slog to read, especially the middle which described in great detail the foundation of the Republic, and the religious and nobility structure of it However, it does cover the timeline of Polish dynasties and with masterful description of the Kings, the union with Lithuania and the Republic, as well as the foreign web of complexities involving the Kings


  10. says:

    Excellent book on the history of Poland


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