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    Description'The past is a foreign country' has become a truism, yet we often forget that the past is different from the present in many unfamiliar ways, and historical memory is extraordinarily imperfect. We habitually think of the European past as the history of countries which exist today - France, Germany, Britain, Russia and so on - but often this actually obstructs our view of the past, and blunts our sensitivity to the ever-changing political landscape. Europe's history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures on the map of their age - 'the Empire of Aragon' which once dominated the western Mediterranean; the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, for a time the largest country in Europe; the successive kingdoms (and one duchy) of Burgundy, much of whose history is now half-remembered - or half-forgotten - at best. This book shows the reader how to peer through the cracks of mainstream history writing and listen to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries. How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? How many of us will remember the former Soviet Union in a few generations' time? Will our own United Kingdom become a distant memory too? As in his earlier celebrated books "Europe: a history" and "The Isles", Norman Davies aims to subvert our established view of what seems familiar, and urges us to look and think again. This stimulating surprising book, full of unexpected stories, observations and connections, gives us a fresh and original perspective on the history of Europe.


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    Title
    Vanished Kingdoms
    Subtitle
    The History of Half-Forgotten Europe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Norman Davies
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 848
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 52 mm
    Weight: 1,410 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846143380
    ISBN 10: 1846143381
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    DC22: 940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    BIC subject category V2: 1D
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Illustrations note
    32 pages colour
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    ALLEN LANE
    Publication date
    27 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Norman Davies was for many years Professor of History at the School of Slavonic Studies, University of London, and has also taught at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, McGill, Cracow, Adelaide, Australian National and Hokkaido universities. He is the author of God's Playground: a History of Poland (1981), the No 1 best-seller Europe: a History (1996), Microcosm: Portrait of a European City (with Roger Moorhouse) and Rising '44: the Battle for Warsaw (date). From 1997-2006 he was Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford; he is now Professor at the Jagiellonian University at Cracow, an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and a life member of Clare Hall and Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and lives in Oxford and Cracow.
    Review quote
    Norman Davies has the gift of all great historians - the ability to make us rethink the past The Times