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Davies, Norman 1939-

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Works: 295 works in 1,081 publications in 4 languages and 19,926 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Bibliography  Sources  Biography 
Roles: Author of introduction, Other, Editor, Writer of accompanying material, Illustrator
Classifications: DK4140, 940
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Europe : a history by Norman Davies ( Book )
49 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 3,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the ice age to the Cold War, from Reykjavik to the Volga, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Norman Davies here tells the entire history of Europe in one single volume. The narrative zooms in from the distant focus of Chapter One, which explores the first five million years of the continent's development, to the close focus of the last two chapters, which cover the twentieth century at roughly one page per year. In between, Norman Davies presents a vast canvas packed with startling detail and thoughtful analysis. Alongside Europe's better-known stories - human, national and international - he examines subjects often spurned or neglected - Europe's stateless nations, for example, as well as the nation-states and great powers, and the minority groups from heretics and lepers to Romanies, Jews, and Muslims. He reveals not only the rich diversity of Europe's past but also the numerous prisms through which it can be viewed
The Isles : a history by Norman Davies ( Book )
35 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Narrative history that takes a new perspective on the development of Britain and Ireland, looking at them not as self-contained islands, but as an inextricable part of Europe. At every stage, The Isles connects offshore development with parallel events on the Continent. This history begins with the Celtic Supremacy in the last centuries BC, which is presented in the light of a Celtic world stretching all the way from Iberia to Asia Minor. Roman Britain is seen not as a unique phenomenon but as similar to the other frontier regions of the Roman Empire, such as Germany. The Viking Age is viewed not only through the eyes of the invaded but from the standpoint of the invaders themselves--Norse, Danes, and Normans. Plantagenet England is perceived, like the Kingdom of Jerusalem, as an extension of medieval France. In the later chapters, Davies follows the growth of the United Kingdom and charts the rise and fall of the main pillars of "Britishness"--the Royal Navy, the Westminster Parliament, the Constitutional Monarchy, the Aristocracy, the Protestant Supremacy, the British Empire, the imperial economy and sterling area, and the English Language. The book ends with the crisis confronting Britain at the turn of the 21st century--the emergence of the European Union. As the elements that make up the historic Britishness dissolve, Davies shows how public confusion is one of the most potent factors in this process of disintegration. As the Republic of Ireland prospers, and power in the United Kingdom is devolved, he predicts that the coming crisis in the British State may well be its last
God's playground : a history of Poland by Norman Davies ( Book )
55 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Heart of Europe : a short history of Poland by Norman Davies ( Book )
39 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and German and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the history of Poland from 1945 to 1982 and examines the social and political life of the country
Rising '44 : the battle for Warsaw by Norman Davies ( Book )
26 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An account of the August 1944 battle for Warsaw describes how the Polish Resistance mobilized to expel the Germans and discusses the consequences of Stalin's halting of the Russian offensive, a move that cost the lives of thousands of Polish citizens
No simple victory : World War II in Europe, 1939-1945 by Norman Davies ( Book )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A leading historian re-examines World War II and its outcome. Davies asks readers to reconsider what they know about World War II, and how the received wisdom might be biased or incorrect. He poses simple questions that have complicated and unexpected answers. For instance, Can you name the five biggest battles of the war in Europe? Or, What were the main political ideologies that were contending for supremacy? The answers to these and other questions--and the implications of those answers--will surprise even those who feel that they are experts on the subject.--From publisher description
Heart of Europe the past in Poland's present by Norman Davies ( )
12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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'
Vanished kingdoms : the rise and fall of states and nations by Norman Davies ( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An evocative account of fourteen European kingdoms -- their rise, maturity, and eventual disappearance. There is something profoundly romantic about lost civilizations. Europe's past is littered with states and kingdoms, large and small, that are scarcely remembered today, and while their names may be unfamiliar -- Aragon, Etruria, the Kingdom of the Two Burgundies -- their stories should change our mental map of the past. We come across forgotten characters and famous ones -- King Arthur and Macbeth, Napoleon and Queen Victoria, right up to Stalin and Gorbachev -- and discover how faulty memory can be, and how much we can glean from these lost empires. Davies peers through the cracks in the mainstream accounts of modern-day states to dazzle us with extraordinary stories of barely remembered pasts, and of the traces they left behind. This is Norman Davies at his best: sweeping narrative history packed with unexpected insights. Vanished Kingdoms will appeal to all fans of unconventional and thought-provoking history, from readers of Niall Ferguson to Jared Diamond. - Publisher
White eagle, red star; the Polish-Soviet war, 1919-20 by Norman Davies ( Book )
30 editions published between 1972 and 2007 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In [this book], distinguished historian Norman Davies gives us a full account of the Polish-Soviet War, with its dramatic climax in August 1920 when the Red Army -- sure of victory and pledged to carry the Revolution across Europe -- was crushed by a devastating Polish attack. Since known as 'The Miracle of the Vistula,' it remains one of the most crucial conflicts of the Western world. Drawing on both Polish and Russian sources, Norman Davies shows how this war was a pivotal event in the course of European history."--Publisher's description
Europe at war : 1939-1945 : no simple victory by Norman Davies ( Book )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The conventional narrative of the Second World War is well known: after six years of brutal fighting on land, on 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 forces us to look again and to discard the usual narrative of Good versus Evil. Powerfully argued, compellingly written and devastating in its conclusions, Davies's re-examination reminds us that the war in Europe was dominated by two evil monsters, not by one. Each of the monsters joined forces to destroy the existing international order, before embarking on a war to the death. The liberators of Auschwitz were servants of a regime that ran still larger concentration camps than those they liberated."--BOOK JACKET
Microcosm : portrait of a Central European city by Norman Davies ( Book )
22 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and German and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poland, past and present : a select bibliography of works in English by Norman Davies ( Book )
9 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jews in eastern Poland and the USSR, 1939-46 by Norman Davies ( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zawiera m. in. 7 referatów z międzynarodowej konferencji na temat historii i kultury Żydów polskich (Jerozolima, luty 1988)
Vanished kingdoms : the history of half-forgotten Europe by Norman Davies ( Book )
14 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The past is a foreign country' has become a truism, yet we often forget that the past is different from the present in many unfamiliar ways, and historical memory is extraordinarily imperfect. We habitually think of the European past as the history of countries which exist today - France, Germany, Britain, Russia and so on - but often this actually obstructs our view of the past, and blunts our sensitivity to the ever-changing political landscape. 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 - 'the Empire of Aragon' which once dominated the western Mediterranean; the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, for a time the largest country in Europe; the successive kingdoms (and one duchy) of Burgundy, much of whose history is now half-remembered - or half-forgotten - at best. This book shows the reader how to peer through the cracks of mainstream history writing and listen to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries. How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? How many of us will remember the former Soviet Union in a few generations' time? Will our own United Kingdom become a distant memory too? As in his earlier celebrated books Europe: a history and The Isles, Norman Davies aims to subvert our established view of what seems familiar, and urges us to look and think again. This stimulating surprising book, full of unexpected stories, observations and connections, gives us a fresh and original perspective on the history of Europe. -- Product Description
Europe East and West by Norman Davies ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and French and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
These essays argue for a comprehensive view that aims to challenge Western stereotypes. They seek to confront the distortions and prejudices which follow from the exclusion of East and Central Europe from the consideration of crucial episodes in European history
God's playground : a history of Poland by Norman Davies ( Book )
52 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
God's playground : a history of Poland : in two volumes. Vol.1, , The origins to 1795 by Norman Davies ( Book )
35 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
No simple victory World War II in Europe, 1939-1945 by Norman Davies ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A leading historian re-examines World War II and its outcome. Davies asks readers to reconsider what they know about World War II, and how the received wisdom might be biased or incorrect. He poses simple questions that have complicated and unexpected answers. For instance, Can you name the five biggest battles of the war in Europe? Or, What were the main political ideologies that were contending for supremacy? The answers to these and other questions--and the implications of those answers--will surprise even those who feel that they are experts on the subject.--From publisher description
Histoire de la Pologne by Norman Davies ( Book )
9 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in French and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Im Herzen Europas : Geschichte Polens by Norman Davies ( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in German and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Davies, Ivor Norman, 1939-
Davies, Norman
Davies, Normand
Deivisas, Normanas.
Deiviss, Normans, 1939-
Dejvìs, Norman.
Dejvis, Norman 1939-
Dèvis, Norman.
Дэвис, Норман, 1939-
デイヴィス, ノーマン
Languages
English (435)
Polish (23)
German (16)
French (10)
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