Europe East and West

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9780712609500: Europe East and West

A 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 of Norman Davies, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Europe, The Isles and Rising ’44. It is a highly accessible collection, addressing many of the issues that continue to dominate the political and cultural climate of Europe today.

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.

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About the Author:

Norman Davies is Professor Emeritus of the University of London and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is the author of several books on Polish and European history including: God’s Playground; White Eagle; Red Star; The Isles; Europe; and Microcosm.

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“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.”
Spectator

Praise for Europe: A History

Short-listed for the 1997 NCR Award

“Books of real quality and importance are rare. Norman Davies’s history of Europe is one of them.”
Financial Times

“A huge, heroic book . . . After Davies, it will never be possible to write a history of Europe in the old way again.”
London Review of Books

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