Davies Norman

  • Human history is a tale not just of constant change, but of perpetual restlessness. In Beneath Another Sky the esteemed historian Norman Davies embarks upon a journey round the world to show the layers of experience that underpin our present - and brilliantly complicate our view of the past. 'If you are someone, or know someone, who is romanced by stamps, or maps, or names, or journeys, or plaques, then I recommend this book to you. I loved it. It deserves a shelf of its own' David Aaronovitch, The Times 'Rich, thought-stirring and deeply engaging' John Gray, New Statesman 'Gripping, enthralling, a great read ... a fragrant stew of history, literature and travel spiced with digression, detective work and dabs of humour' Sarah Wheeler, Observer

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  • Anglais Vanished Kingdoms

    Davies Norman

    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.

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  • Histoire de la pologne

    Davies Norman

    • Fayard
    • 21 Janvier 1986

    La Pologne semble avoir réémergé à la surface de la conscience européenne dans le bref intermède qui sépara les accords de Gdansk d'août 1980 du coup d'Etat de décembre 1981. On avait jusqu'alors fini par oublier que ce pays, avant d'être par une nouvelle tragédie de son histoire un pays d'Europe de l'Est, avait longtemps été, au même titre que les contrées occidentales, une terre de l'Europe. On conclut donc trop vite que les tristes événements de Varsovie n'étaient le symptôme que d'une crise de régime.

    Il aura fallu toute la science et la maîtrise internationalement reconnues de Norman Davies pour comprendre enfin, à travers cette Histoire de la Pologne, que nous sommes les témoins des convulsions d'une nation. Car tout aujourd'hui se noue: l'héritage de l'humiliation d'un pays à qui le régime communiste fut brutalement imposé; l'héritage d'une défaite où de 1939 à 1947, Hitler et Staline s'acharnèrent à détruire toutes les élites politiques, intellectuelles et culturelles du pays; l'héritage du désenchantement, lorsque dans l'entre-deux-guerres l'indépendance enfin recouvrée avait le goût amer des crises de régime; l'héritage de la maîtrise spirituelle, lorsque de 1795 à 1918, la Pologne souffrante des Partitions affirmait dans sa liberté aliénée sa pleine appartenance à la grande culture européenne; l'héritage enfin d'une des plus anciennes cultures de notre continent.

    Norman Davies tisse dans le court, moyen et long temps les lignes de force d'un peuple et d'une nation qui ont toujours su retrouver, contre des régimes mensongers, la mémoire longue de leur existence.

    Norman Davies, professeur à la School of Slavonic and East European Studies de l'Université de Londres, est l'auteur de God's Playground: A History of Poland (Oxford University Press) dont Solidarité avait entrepris une traduction partielle dans la clandestinité.

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  • A magical history of the lost parts of Europe which were the major states of their time, now largely forgotten but brought back to life in this book. Europe's past is littered with kingdoms, empires and republics which no longer exist but which were some of the most important of their day - 'the Empire of Aragon', which dominated the western Mediterranean in the 13th century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the largest country in Europe for part of the 18th century. This book shows the reader how to peer through the cracks of mainstream history-writing, and to catch a glimpse of the '5, 6, or 7 Kingdoms of Burgundy' and other relics of civilisation.

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  • 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. Chosen ten times as Book of the Year, it is the most ambitious history of the continent ever undertaken.

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  • The conventional narrative of the Second World War is well known: after six years of brutal fighting on land, sea and in the air, the Allied Powers prevailed and the Nazi regime was defeated. But as in so many things, the truth is somewhat different. Bringing a fresh eye to bear on a story we think we know, Norman Davies.Davies forces us to look again at those six years and to discard the usual narrative of Allied good versus Nazi evil, reminding us that the war in Europe was dominated by two evil monsters Hitler and Stalin whose fight for supremacy consumed the best people in Germany and in the USSR . The outcome of the war was at best ambiguous, the victory of the West was only partial, its moral reputation severely tarnished and, for the greater part of the continent of Europe, ‘liberation’ was only the beginning of more than fifty years of totalitarian oppression. ‘Davies writes with real knowledge and passion.’ Michael Burleigh, Evening Standard ‘Punchy and compelling' Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

  • Rising '44 is a brilliant narrative account of one of the most dramatic episodes in 20th century history, drawing on Davies' unique understanding of the issues and characters involved. In August 1944 Warsaw offered the Wehrmacht the last line of defence against the Red Army's march from Moscow to Berlin. When the Red Army reached the river Vistula, the people of Warsaw believed that liberation had come. The Resistance took to the streets in celebration, but the Soviets remained where they were, allowing the Wehrmacht time to regroup and Hitler to order that the city of Warsaw be razed to the ground. For 63 days the Resistance fought on in the cellars and the sewers. Defenceless citizens were slaughtered in their tens of thousands. One by one the City's monuments were reduced to rubble, watched by Soviet troops on the other bank of the river. The Allies expressed regret but decided that there was nothing to be done, Poland would not be allowed to be governed by Poles. The sacrifice was in vain and the Soviet tanks rolled in to the flattened city. It is a hugely dramatic story, vividly and authoritatively told by one of our greatest historians.

  • The bestselling and controversial new history of the 'British Isles', including Ireland from the author of Europe: A History. Emphasizing our longstanding European connections and positing a possible breakup of the United Kingdom, this is agendasetting work is destined to become a classic. 'If ever a history book were a tract for the times, it is The Isles: A History ... a masterwork..' Roy Porter, The Times 'Davies is among the few living professional historians who write English with vitality, sparkle, economy and humour. The pages fly by, not only because the pace is well judged but also because the surprises keep coming.' Felipe Fern¿ndezArmesto, Sunday Times 'A book which really will change the way we think about our past . marvellously rich and stimulating' Noel Malcolm, Evening Standard'A historiographical milestone.' Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times 'The full shocking force of this book can only be appreciated by reading it.' Andrew Marr, Observer 'It is too soon to tell if [Norman Davies] will become the Macaulay or Trevelyan of our day: that depends on the reading public. He has certainly made a good try. This is narrative history on the grand scale compulsively readable, intellectually challenging and emotionally exhilirating.' David Marquand, Literary Review

  • From the bestselling author of Europe: A History comes a uniquely ambitious masterpiece that will thrill fans of lost civilizations
    While Germany, Italy, France, and England dominate our conceptions of Europe, these modern states are relatively recent constructs. In this brilliant work of historical reconstruction, Norman Davies brings back to life the long-forgotten empire of Aragon, which once controlled the Western Mediterranean; the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, once the largest country in Europe, and the Kingdom of the Rock, founded by ancient Britons when neither England nor Scotland existed. In the tradition of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, Davies subverts our established view of the past and urges us to reconsider the impetus for the rise and fall of nations.

  • One of the world?s leading historians re- examines World War II and its outcome
    A clear-eyed reappraisal of World War II that offers new insight by reevaluating well-established facts and pointing out lesser-known ones, No Simple Victory asks readers to reconsider what they know about the war, and how that knowledge might be biased or incorrect. Norman Davies poses simple questions that have unexpected answers: Can you name the five biggest battles of the war? What were the main political ideologies that were contending for supremacy? The answers to these questions will surprise even those who feel that they are experts on the subject.
    Davies has established himself as a preeminent scholar of World War II . No Simple Victory is an invaluable contribution to twentieth-century history and an illuminating portrait of a conflict that continues to provoke debate.

  • The history of contemporary Ireland and its struggle for independence-'excerpted from internationally bestselling author Norman Davies's Vanished Kingdoms
    Vanished Kingdoms introduces readers to once-powerful European empires that have left scant traces on the modern map. In this excerpt from his widely acclaimed book, Norman Davies chronicles the history of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland during what is referred to as the Era of National Liberation. Beginning with the Easter Rising of 1916, Davies recounts the difficulties of establishing Home Rule, which would allow for autonomous self-government under the British Crown, and the impact of the IRA and its fraught relationship with the Catholic Church. Along the way, Davies includes stirring portraits of the groundbreaking leaders who fought for Irish independence, such as Eamon de Valera and his organization Sinn Fein, and the well-known songs and poems that helped galvanize a sense of national pride.
    A selection from the work The Boston Globe has called 'commendably accessible, magisterial, and uncommonly humane,' The Battle for Ireland provides a concise overview of modern Irish politics and history with Davies's characteristic vigor and intelligence.

  • The fascinating history of a Baltic empire's dominance and decline-'excerpted from internationally bestselling author Norman Davies's Vanished Kingdoms
    Vanished Kingdoms introduces readers to once-powerful European empires that have left scant traces on the modern map. In this excerpt from his widely acclaimed book, Norman Davies tells the ill-fated story of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Founded in the mid-thirteenth century in one of the continent's first settled regions, where the oldest of its Indo-European languages is spoken, the Grand Duchy at its peak was the largest country in Europe, stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea, and it commanded yet greater influence after uniting with its western neighbor, the Kingdom of Poland, to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Grand Duchy's huge territory included the great cities of Kiev, Vilnius, Riga, Minsk, and Brest. Despite being ahead of its time as an elective republic in an age of absolute monarchy, power struggles and foreign incursions led to its ultimate demise and forced partition by Russia, Prussia, and Austria in 1795.
    In this selection from a work The Boston Globe has called 'commendably accessible, magisterial, and uncommonly humane,' Davies chronicles these rich yet unfamiliar chapters in the history of modern Lithuania, Belarus, and Latvia with his signature acuity and verve.

  • The image of Poland has once again been impressed on European consciousness. Norman Davies provides a key to understanding the modern Polish crisis in this lucid and authoritative description of the nation's history. Beginning with the period since 1945, he travels back in time to highlight the long-term themes and traditions which have influenced present attitudes.

    His evocative account reveals Poland as the heart of Europe in more than the geographical sense. It is a country where Europe's ideological conflicts are played out in their most acute form: as recent events have emphasized, Poland's fate is of vital concern to European civilization as a whole.
    This revised and updated edition tackles and analyses the issues arising from the fall of the Eastern Block, and looks at Poland's future within a political climate of democracy and free market.

  • The image of Poland has once again been impressed on European consciousness. Norman Davies provides a key to understanding the modern Polish crisis in this lucid and authoritative description of the nation's history. Beginning with the period since 1945, he travels back in time to highlight the long-term themes and traditions which have influenced present attitudes.

    His evocative account reveals Poland as the heart of Europe in more than the geographical sense. It is a country where Europe's ideological conflicts are played out in their most acute form: as recent events have emphasized, Poland's fate is of vital concern to European civilization as a whole.
    This revised and updated edition tackles and analyses the issues arising from the fall of the Eastern Block, and looks at Poland's future within a political climate of democracy and free market.

  • What was the biggest operation of World War II in Europe? What was the name of the largest concentration camp operating in Europe between 1939 and 1945? What European nationality lost the largest number of civilians between 1939-45? This work answers these questions and presents a history of the Second World War.

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  • Anglais Europe East and West

    Davies Norman

    • Pimlico
    • 18 Juillet 2007

    Presents a collection of essays and lectures, which addresses many of the issues that dominate the political and cultural climate of Europe. This work shows that the conventional exclusion of Central and Eastern Europe has led to shortcomings in our understanding of one of the crucial episodes of European history, namely the Second World War.

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  • This title is a narrative account of the Polish uprising against the Germans which broke out on August 1, 1944. When Warsaw fell on October 2, marking the end of the uprising, Polish losses came to between 16,000 and 20,000 fighters killed and missing, 7000 wounded, and 150,000 civilians killed.

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  • Anglais Europe ; A History

    Davies Norman

    • Pimlico
    • 15 Octobre 1997

    From the Ice Age to the Cold War, from Reykjavik to the Volga, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, this is the story of Europe in a single volume.

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  • Native lands

    Davies Norman

    'He writes history like nobody else. He thinks like nobody else ... He sees the world as a whole, with its limitless fund of stories' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times Where have the people in any particular place actually come from? What are the historical complexities in any particular place? This evocative historical journey around the world shows us. 'Human history is a tale not just of constant change but equally of perpetual locomotion', writes Norman Davies. Throughout the ages, men and women have endlessly sought the greener side of the hill. Their migrations, collisions, conquests and interactions have given rise to the spectacular profusion of cultures, races, languages and polities that now proliferates on every continent. This incessant restlessness inspired Davies's own. After decades of writing about European history, and like Tennyson's ageing Ulysses longing for one last adventure, he embarked upon an extended journey that took him right round the world to a score of hitherto unfamiliar countries. His aims were to test his powers of observation and to revel in the exotic, but equally to encounter history in a new way. Beneath Another Sky is partly a historian's travelogue, partly a highly engaging exploration of events and personalities that have fashioned today's world - and entirely sui generis . Davies's circumnavigation takes him to Baku, the Emirates, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tasmania, Tahiti, Texas, Madeira and many places in between. At every stop, he not only describes the current scene but also excavates the layers of accumulated experience that underpin the present. He tramps round ancient temples and weird museums, summarises the complexity of Indian castes, Austronesian languages and Pacific explorations, delves into the fate of indigenous peoples and of a missing Malaysian airliner, reflects on cultural conflict in Cornwall, uncovers the Nazi origins of Frankfurt airport and lectures on imperialism in a desert oasis. 'Everything has its history', he writes, 'including the history of finding one's way or of getting lost.' The personality of the author comes across strongly - wry, romantic, occasionally grumpy, but with an endless curiosity and appetite for knowledge. As always, Norman Davies watches the historical horizon as well as what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

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  • " Ce livre ambitieux et exigeant balaye non seulement l'ensemble de l'histoire allemande et polonaise, mais réussit à saisir celles de l'Europe centrale et de l'Est, en les rassemblant. Breslau apparaît comme le théâtre d'une lutte perpétuelle entre Allemands et Polonais, Habsbourg et Hohenzollern, hussites hérétiques et catholiques, catholiques et luthériens, juifs et anti-sémites, nobles et marchands, socialistes et capitalistes, nazis et soviétiques, apparatchiks et résistants. Et pourtant, comme le montrent si bien Davies et Moorhouse, ce récit est autant le témoin de co-opérations et de coexistences que de conflits et de destructions. Microcosm n'est pas un ouvrage succinct, mais l'incroyable ampleur des années et des bouleversements qui le traverse justifie chacunes des lignes. " Brendan Simms - Even the stones spoke German - London Review of Books (28/11/02) " Pour Norman Davies et Roger Moorhouse le Diable est bel et bien dans le détail, grâce à leur chronique minutieuse d'une ville européenne, baptisée Microcosm (.). L'incontrôlable Norman Davies est de retour, de nouveau avec un volumineux ouvrage. Cette fois encore, ses formidables recherches sont ordonnées dans une prose claire sans se départir de cette impartialité historique qui le caractérise. " James Hopkin - The Pole truth - The Observer (28/04/02) " Microcosme retrace l'histoire de la ville à travers les siècles. Sans occulter les hostilités et égarements ethniques, le livre est un hymne à la diversité et la réussite culturelle. " The staff - Seriousness, the new black - books of the year 2002 - The Economist (12/12/02)

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  • Collected 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 more than fifteen years of his remarkable career, this highly accessible collection addresses many of the issues that continue to dominate the political and cultural climate of Europe today.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 stimulating and accessible way.

  • Anglais Europe

    Norman Davies

    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.

  • 'The past is a foreign country' has become a truism, yet the past differs from the present in many unfamiliar ways and historical memory is extraordinarily imperfect. The degree to which we think of the European past as the history of France, Germany, Britain, Russia and so on, actually obstructs our view of former reality, and blunts our sensitivity to the ever-changing political landscape. Europe's past is littered with kingdoms, empires and republics which no longer exist but which were some of the most important entities of their day - 'the Empire of Aragon', which dominated the western Mediterranean in the thirteenth century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the largest country in Europe for part of the eighteenth century. This book shows the reader how to peer through the cracks of mainstream history-writing, and to catch a glimpse of the 'Five, Six or Seven Kingdoms of Burgundy'. How long will it be before the USSR, until recently one of the world's two superpowers, is wholly or half-forgotten as most of these? The histories of the lost echo across the centuries, mixed in with more familiar sounds. One of the purposes of this book is to help us hear them again more clearly, and appreciate where they came from.As in his earlier celebrated books Europe and The Isles, Norman Davies aims to subvert our established view what looks familiar in history and urges us to look and think again. This stimulating book, full of unexpected stories, observations and connections, gives us a fresh and original perspective on European history.

  • Surprisingly little known, the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-20 was to change the course of twentieth-century history. In White Eagle, Red Star, Norman Davies gives a full account of the War, with its dramatic climax in August 1920 when the Red Army - sure of victory and pledged to carry the Revolution across Europe to 'water our horses on the Rhine' - was crushed by a devastating Polish attack. Since known as the 'miracle on the Vistula', it remains one of the most decisive battles of the Western world. Drawing on both Polish and Russian sources, Norman Davies illustrates the narrative with documentary material which hitherto has not been readily available and shows how the War was far more an 'episode' in East European affairs, but largely determined the course of European history for the next twenty years or more.

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