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Davies, Norman 1939-

Works: 541 works in 1,802 publications in 7 languages and 23,037 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Bibliography  Biography  Personal narratives‡vPolish  Autobiographies  Personal narratives  Travel writing  Sources 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Other, Editor, Creator, Contributor, wpr, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., pre, Writer of accompanying material, Illustrator
Classifications: DK4140, 940
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Most widely held works by Norman Davies
Europe : a history by Norman Davies( Book )

108 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,330 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 )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,408 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
Heart of Europe : the past in Poland's present by Norman Davies( )

18 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Begins with the period since 1945 and travels back in time to highlight themes and traditions that have influenced present attitudes. Analyses the issues arising from the fall of the Eastern Bloc and looks at Poland's future within a political climate of democracy and free market
God's playground : a history of Poland by Norman Davies( Book )

115 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition of Norman Davies' classic two-volume study of the history of Poland has been revised and fully updated with two new chapters to bring the story to the end of the 20th century
Heart of Europe : a short history of Poland by Norman Davies( Book )

48 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and German and held by 1,498 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 )

45 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and held by 1,377 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 )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,208 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
Vanished kingdoms : the rise and fall of states and nations by Norman Davies( Book )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,042 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 )

39 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Previous ed.: London: Macdonald & Co., 1972
Vanished kingdoms : the history of half-forgotten Europe by Norman Davies( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 421 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 at war : 1939-1945 : no simple victory by Norman Davies( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 408 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."--Jacket
The labyrinth of dangerous hours : a memoir of the Second World War by Lilka Trzcinska-Croydon( )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As many as 150,000 Polish political prisoners were taken during the war, half of whom died in the camps. This memoir is a testament to their struggle
Jews in eastern Poland and the USSR, 1939-46( Book )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zawiera m. in. 7 referatów z międzynarodowej konferencji na temat historii i kultury Żydów polskich (Jerozolima, luty 1988)
God's playground : a history of Poland : in two volumes by Norman Davies( Book )

30 editions published between 1981 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Poland, past and present : a select bibliography of works in English by Norman Davies( Book )

8 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heart of Europe : the Past in Poland's Present by Norman Davies( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 374 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'
The isles : a history by Norman Davies( Book )

36 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenging the traditional picture of 1000 years of eternal England, and referring at every stage to events on the Continent, a picture emerges of a history of four nations - England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
Microcosm : portrait of a Central European city by Norman Davies( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of Central Europe is anything but simple. As the region located between East and West, it has always been endowed with a rich variety of migrants, and has repeatedly been the scene of nomadic invasions, mixed settlements and military conquests. It has witnessed a profusion of languages, religions, nationalities, and cultural transformations. The most important waves of modern settlement have been Germanic and Slavic, but Central Europe also became a great haven for Europe's Jews. In recent history, it was subjected to both Fascism and Communism in succession. The ordeal lasted for fifty years, and the damage to life and liberty was incalculable, In order to present a portrait of Central Europe, Norman Davies and Roger Moorhouse have made a case study of one of its most colourful cities."--Jacket
Europe East and West by Norman Davies( Book )

31 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 303 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 : in two volumes. Vol. 1, the origins to 1795 by Norman Davies( Book )

81 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Europe : a history
The Isles : a historyHeart of Europe : the past in Poland's presentGod's playground : a history of PolandHeart of Europe : a short history of PolandRising '44 : the battle for WarsawNo simple victory : World War II in Europe, 1939-1945Vanished kingdoms : the rise and fall of states and nationsWhite eagle, red star : the Polish-Soviet war, 1919-20.
Alternative Names
Davies, Ivor Norman

Davies, Ivor Norman 1939-

Davies Ivor Norman Richard

Davies, Norman

Davies, Normand

Daviesas N.

Daviesas Normanas

Deivisas Normanas

Deiviss, Normans 1939-

Dejvìs, Norman

Dejvis, Norman 1939-

Dèvis, Norman.

Norman Davies britischer Historiker

Norman Davies Brits Oosteuropahistoricus

Norman Davies brytyjski historyk

Norman Davies historiador britànic

Norman Davies historiador británico

Norman Davies historiador británicu

Norman Davies historien britannique

Norman Davies storico e saggista britannico

Norman Davies Suurbritannia ajaloolane

Normans Deiviss

Νόρμαν Ντέιβις

Дэвис Н.

Дэвис Норман

Дэвис, Норман 1939-

Норман Дейвіс

Норман Дэвіс

نورمان ديفيز مؤرخ بريطاني

نورمن دیویس تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

デイヴィス, ノーマン



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