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  • Published: 30 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446467589
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Europe East and West




A new collection of essays from one of Britain's most renowned and respected historians - a companion volume to the bestselling Europe.

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.

In Europe East & 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 one of the most crucial episodes of European history, namely the Second World War. The essays 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 stimulating and accessible way.

  • Published: 30 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446467589
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Norman Davies

Norman Davies is a supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society, and Professor Emeritus at London University. His books include Europe: A History (a New York Times Notable Book), The Isles: A History, and the definitive history of Poland, God's Playground.

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Praise for Europe East and West

Davies's writing is remarkable for its breadth of knowledge and for the ease and enthusiasm with which this is conveyed...the book reads like a seamless work of history... we are blessed today to have a clutch of historians like Norman Davies, historians of opinion - of Left and Right (who cares which?) - who neither patronise nor bore their readers, who open up areas for disagreement and argument... Norman Davies is certainly their most ambitious, satisfying and enjoyable representative.

Carmen Callil, Sunday Telegraph

Like a connoisseur picking up a find in a junk-shop, Davies holds up these events to a completely fresh light, and in so doing transforms them in our eyes. All sorts of unsettling questions spring to mind, and the comforting received versions of what happened in those years that some of us grew up with and grow old in appear alarmingly wide of the mark.

Adam Zamoyski, Spectator

Lovers of serendipity will find much to enjoy here.

Max Hastings, Sunday Times

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