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Europe East And West [Paperback]

Norman Davies
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2 Aug 2007

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.

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.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712609504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712609500
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Davies's writing is remarkable for its breadth of knowledge and for the ease and enthusiasm with which this is conveyed...we are blessed today to have a clutch of historians like Norman Davies... Ambitious, satisfying and enjoyable" (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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A new collection of essays from one of Britain's most renowned and respected historians - a companion volume to the bestselling Europe.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Koos
Readers familiar with Davies' very nice style of writing will recongise his style again in this book. I have to say I expected a research and a good tale of history about Eastern Europe. But the book turned out to be a slightly different, because it's more a collection of papers/speeches Davies already wrote. That didn't bother too much, because of Davies' writing you'll be introduced to more then enough historical misunderstandings about the East. Again Davies makes you think much futher, in this case in the 'traditional' Western Europe vs. Eastern Europe. But some of the writing was just a little bit like " and where will this go and what does it have to do with the main toppic of the book".

Davies also will give you some eye-openers. A personal one was going to a big bookshop, to discover that indeed there are many books about old Greech and Roman period, Western Europe, WO I, WO II, and hardly any book about the history of countries of (old) Eeastern Europe. Just like Davies predicted.

The book won't provide the reader a full history about a clash between East en West Europe. But it does provide the reader a much better understanding about East Europe and about how people in the West didn't en don't want to know about the East. For example: the annual European sing contest. The last few years people have said that the Eastern Europe country have taken over the contest, and that it's not like in the old days anymore. Then ask yourself: was the name 'Europeas sing contest' a correct name? Shouldn't it have been 'WEST European sing contest'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 20 Oct 2006
This book covers a number of topics which anyone familiar with the author's other writings will have encountered before. Foremost amongst these is his despair at the yawning gap in western awareness, historically and culturally, of east and central Europe, and the idea of British/English history as synonymous, and a separate development from the rest of the world. In attacking these mindsets the writing is, as ever, clear and in places more than a little amusing. The book seems at times a little self indulgent, particularly in the chapter given over to his alma mater, but when it is so well written, and by such a significant contributor to 'history', then I for one am prepared to forgive it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service 30 Dec 2013
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I can't comment on the book, as bought this on the recommendation of my husband for my dad's Christmas present. Both like Norman Davies and seemed impressed with the synopsis of this book. The service was excellent and arrived within a couple of days of ordering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 22 July 2013
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One of the best books I have ever read. Easy to read and inspiring as well as surprising. A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Europe East & West 7 Jun 2009
Norman Davis has once again come up with a thought-provoking book. An excellent read.
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