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well written but back to front history.,
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This review is from: Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland's Present (Paperback)
I am enjoying this book, still. But there is a frustration for me with this account. I can't see the advantage of a history that goes backwards. The author is so familiar with the material that it will probably not have occurred to him that the year 1795, a critical time in Polish history, needs a lot of explanation and context for someone who knows nothing about it. There is a lot on polish literature and I would have liked more on the early history. The quality of the maps needs revisiting by the publisher. But this is a good introduction to a complex subject and I would certainly recommend it and the order you read the chapters is entirely up to the reader.