God's Playground A History of Poland Vol 1 PDF Ì A

This edition of Norman Davies' 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 The writing of Polish history like Poland itself has frequently fallen prey to interested parties Professor Norman Davies adopts a sceptical stance towards all existing interpretations and attempts to bring a strong dose of common sense to his theme He consequently presents a comprehensive survey of this frequently maligned and usually misunderstood country


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    I have been told by friends living in Warsaw that Norman Davies' God's Playground is required reading for American diplomats employed in Poland If this is true Bravo for the US Foreign serviceThe state of historical writing in Poland is lamentable During the 19th century when England France and the United States were establishing their historical professions Poland did not exist It was divided between three empires who appeared to long term staying power During this time the universities in Poland neither taught Polish history nor recruited professors competent in the area Poland was reconstituted in 1919 when all three of its occupiers collapsed simultaneously Twenty years later the Poland disappeared again to be recreated in a radically different form by the Russians five years later Whatever the merits of soviet style historical writing may be it does not follow the norms that any Westerner who has ever taken a university level history course would be familiar with Fortunately Davies arrived on the scene We can hope that he will inspire future generations of Polish historians to write in a form that we can comprehend and acceptWhatever the future may bring for the present time Polish history would be largely incomprehensible to us without Davies because its institutions are so different from those of Western EuropeFor a start the Polish Aristocracy was not structured on the Feudal model used in France and England Even the heraldic conventions were different Polish did not become the lingua franca of the country until the 19th Century Prior to that time Latin was the language of the court and the language used by the German Polish Ukrainian and Lithuanian merchants to communicate with each other Until the 19th century very few works of literature were written in PolishAt the time that France and England expelled their Jews Poland was welcoming them For most of its history 80% of the world's Jews lived in Poland In Poland the Jews had their own courts and parliamentsThere were no religious wars in Poland during the time of the Reformation and Counter Reformation Most of Poland was outside of the Hanseatic leaguePoland's experience then was radically different from the rest of Western Europe Davies who always keeps his eye on what we know to make Poland understandableVolume I ends with the Partition of Poland by Russia Austria and Prussia in 1795 Poland then begins a 126 period of non existence that would again be incomprehensible to us without Davies' Volume II