Heart of Europe: The Past in Poland's Present
by Norman Davies
The image of Poland has once again been impressed on European consciousness. Norman Davies provides a key to understanding the modern Polish crisis in this lucid and authoritative description of the nation's history. Beginning with the period since 1945, he travels back in time to highlight the long-term themes and traditions which have influenced present attitudes.
His evocative account reveals Poland as the heart of Europe in more than the geographical sense. It is a country where Europe's ideological conflicts are played out in their most acute form: as recent events have emphasized, Poland's fate is of vital concern to European civilization as a whole.
This revised and updated edition tackles and analyses the issues arising from the fall of the Eastern Block, and looks at Poland's future within a political climate of democracy and free market.
"another masterpiece. Heart of Europe has sweep, a rare analytical depth and a courageous display of the author's personal convictions. The book begins and ends with Solidarity; the unique labour movement thus serves as a frame for the nation's history."
New York Times Book Review
"should never be out of reach of anyone who wishes to keep track of the infinitely complex interplay of forces in Poland today and tomorrow."
NORMAN DAVIES (1939 - ) is a Fellow of the British Academy, Professor Emeritus of London University, and Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He speaks Russian and Polish and is the author of several books on Polish and European history, including God's Playground, Europe, and Microcosm.
Publishing House: Oxford University Press Inc, New York 2001
SoftCover book measuring 5.1" x 7.75"
512 pages, maps, diagrams, illustrations, index
English Language Version
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