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God's Playground: A History of Poland in two volumes: volume I: The Origins to 1795: The Origins to 1795 Vol 1 Paperback – 1 Jan 1981

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  • Paperback: 605 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198219431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198219439
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Davies is the foremost historian of modern Poland. Of his previous books, "God's Playground: A History of Poland" is widely regarded as a landmark account." -- Carlo D'Este, "New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Norman Davies is chair of the history department, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, at the University of London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Davies really hits the nail on the head as far as Polish history is concerned. His synopsis of the past of a troubled country, often blurred by interpretation and political overshadowing cuts through the fog and sits the reader right back into context. He takes us through the ages of Polish in his familiar yet subtle language of metonymistic jollity, dodges the traps of cynicism or patrotism so many writers have blundered into on the subject. Definitely to be recommended to any amateurs of Polish history text.
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A very sober, wonderfully written book. What's more, it's a book written by a well-wisher who knows the country better than most of its inhabitants. An honest book, totally stripped of the Polish megalomania which accounts for the fact that the Poles today nurture an unrealistic and plainly untrue idea of their homeland, its past greatness, its costly uprisals, its consequence-ripe failures and its mediocre present. If you want to better understand the lands which for so many centuries have served as the divide between Europe's mental and cultural East and West - and their history, of course - then this is a book for you. Without the noisy pomp you'll almost inevitably find in the Polish history accounts of the type "always condemn the German Order", it's perfect if you look for the simple historical truth; if this truth exists at all, then certainly in Norman Davies' "God's Playground".
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A very good read; very informative, I have volumnes 1 & 2 the reason I have not given 5 stars is my volumnes have lousy type setting problems with the Polish letters ¹æê³ñóaeY¿ every method of not using them then the same word or name on the same page uses them. As you will note Amazon.co.uk can not cope with the extra letters of the polish alphabet either.
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As a Brit living in Poland I consider this the definitive history anyone with the slightest connection to Poland should read, but you must buy both Volume 1 and volume 2 for the complete 1000 year story of a stoic and valiant people who country in the middle of Europe that has been overrun by Swedes, Mongols, Tartars, Russians, Austrians, Germans and more, and in fact disappeared for 150 years.
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By Anglo on 24 Oct. 2013
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Unfortunately, this book reads as if the author's take on Poland's history is more important than actually relaying what happened. I frequently came across passages like 'the battle of A between B and C proved that people at the time were eating a lot of turnips'. No information regarding why there was a battle or even who won the battle, but just Davies' own perspective of what is worth covering.
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