Gods Playground A History of Poland: Volume 1: The Origins to 1795

Paperback | February 28, 2005

byNorman Davies

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This new edition of Norman Davies's classic 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 twentieth 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 presents the most comprehensive survey in English of this frequently maligned and usually misunderstood country.

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This new edition of Norman Davies's classic 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 twentieth century. The writing of Polish history, like Poland itself, has frequently fallen prey to interested parties.Professor Norman Davies adopts a sceptical stanc...

Norman Davies is Professor of History, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199253390

ISBN - 13:9780199253395

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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Origins to 15721. Millenium: A Thousand Years of History2. Polska: The Polish Land3. Piast: The Polanian Dynasty (to 1370)4. Anjou: The Hungarian Connection (1370-1386)5. Jogaila: The Lithuanian Union (1386-1572)The Life and Death of the Polish - Lithuanian Republic (1569-1795)6. Antemurale: The Bulwark of Christendom (Religion)7. The Nobelman's Paradise (Society)8. Handel: The Baltic Grain Trade (Economy)9. Miasto: The Vicissitudes of Urban Life (The Cities)10. Anarchia: The Noble Democracy (The Constitution)11. Serenissima: Diplomacy in Poland - Lithuania (Foreign Affairs)12. Valois: The French Experiment (1572-1575)13. Bathory: The Transylvanian Victor (1576-1586)14. Vasa: The Swedish Connection (1587-1668)15. Michal: The Austrian Candidate (1669-1673)16. Sobieski: Terror of the Turk (1674-1696)17. Wettin: The Saxon Era (1697-1763)18. Agonia: The End of the Eussian Protectorate (1764-1795)

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`A yawning gap in Anglophone historical literature has now been filled...Dr Davies writes interestingly and well. His moods vary between cool detachment, passionate involvement, and ironic comment. His range of sources is wide and imaginative...a very substantial achievement.'Times Literary Supplement