God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins

God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins 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 th 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

10 thoughts on “God's Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795

  1. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    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 U.S Foreign service.The state of historical writing in Poland is lamentable During the 19th century wh

  2. Jan Hidders Jan Hidders says:

    Norman Davies is an outstanding historian who is one of the world s leading experts in Polish history, and the book demonstrates this It contains a wealth of detail that paints the daily life in historic times, but also analyses long term developments within the Polish nation as w

  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    An incredible book, even if I can t remember ever taking so long to finish one Extremely dense with information there sthan a person could ever hope to retain to memory here fact after fact What really makes this book stand out in my mind though is that Davies makes it all come togethe

  4. Kinga Kinga says:

    Ahh I ve actually made this my last book of the year God s Playground has been sitting on my bookshelf for years I can t believe that I waited so long to read it It was a long and dense read, but this book gives its reader a view of history of Poland though with a focus on the commonwealth

  5. John Vanore John Vanore says:

    I wanted to rate this higher Davies produced a masterful study of Poland s pre partition history, but it may be the densest tome I ve ever picked up Imagine a book with a full chapter devoted to the Vistula grain trade Yet I stuck with it, and read every last page, even thought the going was slo

  6. Alexa King Alexa King says:

    This book is DENSE If you want a thorough and I mean thorough history of Poland, this is a good bet I gave it three stars because although there s loads of information, and it is all laid out nicely and is fairly easy to digest, I have issues with Davies timeline I m still not entirely clear on how h

  7. Bob Newman Bob Newman says:

    There s No Land Like Poland When you think about Europe, you have seen or read numerous histories of Britain, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain and even Portugal There are lots of books that deal with Eastern Europe in the modern age, with Ottoman Turkey, the USA, and many other parts of the world, bu

  8. Danas Kazlauskas Danas Kazlauskas says:

    This Davies book iscomparable to historic novel than to the serious historian work a almost no original historic sources aka chronicles and documents were used actually this book is a compilation of historic works from other authors b strange priorities sometimes a significant event e.g Thirteen Years War is a

  9. Ewa Ewa says:

    It has never taken me so long to read anything, but this is definitely not the type to just flick through on the bus Though I was expecting your traditional history book, this one is so muchFact after fact, detailed description of reality all through But it definitely didn t feel like 570pages rather 2k

  10. Floyd Mann Floyd Mann says:

    This is the second time I have read this The best history of Poland in English, one of the best in any language I have been told.

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