God's Playground: 1795 to the present

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Columbia University Press, 2005 - History - 591 pages
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The most comprehensive survey of Polish history available in English, God's Playground demonstrates Poland's importance in European history from medieval times to the present. Abandoning the traditional nationalist approach to Polish history, Norman Davies instead stresses the country's rich multinational heritage and places the development of the Jewish German, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian communities firmly within the Polish context.

Davies emphasizes the cultural history of Poland through a presentation of extensive poetical, literary, and documentary texts in English translation. In each volume, chronological chapters of political narrative are interspersed with essays on religious, social, economic, constitutional, philosophical, and diplomatic themes.

This new edition has been revised and fully updated with two new chapters to bring the story to the end of the twentieth century.

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Review: God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present

User Review  - Jan Hidders - Goodreads

The second volume of "God's Playground" will tell you about how the Polish spirit survived during the time of partitions when there was no real Polish state to speak off, how the Polish Nation was ... Read full review

Review: God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present

User Review  - Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk - Goodreads

I rate Norman Davies very highly but I have to say that I think that in his "God's Playground" he takes a lot for granted in his readers - it is almost as if he is expecting one to be coming to the ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Norman Davies is chair of the history department, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, at the University of London.

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