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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 Prussia much of whose history is now half remembered 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 centurie. Norman Davies surprised me than 20 years ago with his phenomenal Europe A History a thick peat that had the great merit of treating Eastern European history on an eual footing with that of the well known Western European Davies then continued to produce thick volumes and this Vanished Kingdoms also is a uite voluminous His focus in this book is on the kingdoms and states that have come to an end in the course of European history Some were very well known to me such as the Burgundian countries the Byzantine empire Prussia or the USSR but others were much lesser known such as the shadowy Alt Clud empire in present day Scotland the kingdom of Aragon in Northern Spain and the great Polish Lithuanian Union it was nice to learn about themOnce again the book is full of facts and adjustments of the common historiographical views for which Davies obviously draws from his enormous erudition and his acute critical sense Also his predilection for Eastern European history shows again as many as 7 of the 15 treated countries come from that region and Davies is doing his best to correct our Western European colored vision on Eastern Europe in a positive sense striking is his relativization of the militarism of Prussia and the anti semitism of the Poles All those inexhaustible stories with constantly changing fortunes certainly are very interesting But inevitably at times Davies story becomes somewhat tedious for example in the jumble of dynastic uarrels This certainly isn t a uick readThere s also some conceptual criticism you can give on this book especially about the selection Davies has made For that I refer to my History account on Goodreas But let s not diminish the value of this work too much again Davies certainly has succeeded in presenting a very filled but still reasonably readable and extremely interesting book in which especially one message is central nothing is forever no state has the eternal life This seems obvious but the historical reality clearly shows that most politicians are not really aware of that Embellish Me the western Mediterranean The Snakehead the Grand Duchy of Lithuania for a Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light time The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the largest country in Europe Truly Wilde the successive kingdoms and one duchy of Prussia much of whose history is now half remembered at best This book shows VEGAN ganz anders the reader how Albert Reynolds to peer An Infamous Army (Alastair, through Score! the cracks of mainstream history writing and listen Abela to A Sisters Secret the echoes of lost realms across Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch the centurie. 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Russia Kingdoms The History PDFEPUB #194 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 Kingdoms The History of Half PDFEPUB or littered with kingdoms duchies empires and republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures on the map of their age 'the Empire. This is a book about countries that have died Many I had heard about before such as Burgundy Borussia and Byzantine some were new to me like Alt Clud and Rusyn I have always been fascinated by the rise and fall of empires so this book was written for meEach country is given a chapter and Davies draws us a sketch of the countries rise and fall I liked the snippets of obscure information and some off piste analysis and commentaryMy favourite chapters featured the one day wonder that was Rusyn a new born in a dangerous neighbourhood snuffed out before it had a chance and the story of Eire the first country to escape the English empire In England not much is taught on the demise of empire and it was enlightening to read a brief history of the independence struggleIf I have a criticism of this book it is that the chapters on Byzantium and the Soviet union are weak and rushed almost as if Davies felt that he had to include them but knew that he could not possibly do them justice in thirty or so pages Best to leave them out then

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'The The History of Half PDF or past is a foreign The History Epub #181 country' has become a truism yet we often forget that the past is different from the present in many unfamiliar Vanished Kingdoms MOBI #224 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. So this turned out to be waaaay WTF than expected While also being really fucking boringNow i m the escapee graduate of a Marxist cult that hasn t incorporated a new idea since Warsaw Ghetto fell I am perfectly at home with the notion that all accounts of history are an ideological construct including the ones you yes you hold dear Since history can never be known but only abused you might as well shrug and move on with the brainwashing So the uestion then becomes what is this book arguing for since we know what it s arguing against Oh yes what is it arguing against Why other people s historical memory This includes but is by no means limited to library catalogues school curricula folk music festivals museum exhibits the official websites of French villages German towns Italian cities Spanish provinces and Belarus Wikipedia Google s search algoriths and hobbyist geneaologists lets just say the whole of the internet Video games random maudlin memoirists tours brochures guidebooks tourist information in fifteen countries Orhan Pamuk Voltaire Isaac Asimov and possibly the Irish So what does the book have in it Each chapter detailing a poorly remembered or at least dead European polity has three parts One is a sort of travelogue of the modern region looking for signs of the past The second bit most of the book by volume is an account of the history of said polity and the third part is a kind of historical reckoning Part one is interesting as geography than as history and is moderately tolerable if you re into that sort of thing Part three is rants at everyone in the universe for failing to remember the exact nomenclature of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Part two is unreadable I know becuase I mostly didn t It a dust dry super old school dynastic history thing All about who married who and when she died It gets slightly livelier as move on from dimly chronicled Medieval Angevins or Burgundians or someone and on to solidly accounted for Habsburgs Bonapartes and Brabant s Then we get a better account of their amusingly inbred degeneracies idiotic deaths and general inevitable fuckupedness There s lots of maps excerpts lots and lots and lots of family trees andoh yes theres songs Oh god not the songs Provided typically in two or three different languages we get the nostalgic nationalist nuttery of every anthen in central Europe since the Vikings invaded I thought I had seen it allbut then we got to the chapter about Irish republicanism complete with Danny Boy and Tipperary Wait You may be saying yet are probably not Ireland The Republic of Ireland What is a lengthy chapter about a country that appears to be alive and well as of this writing doing in a book about the obscurely departed A chapter that covers no less that fog shrouded and distant period from 1916 to2011 I ll tell you what it s doing there It s allowing us all to witness a truly glorious feverish morbidly gleeful sweaty rant on the inevitable fall of the United Kingdom The Irish y see were just the start Davies cacklingly fantasizes about Scotland taking off and the Northern Ireland uniting with them which i ve never heard before but think is a delightful notion and then theres a whole new level of pain reserved for the Welsh who s latent burning nationalism will inevitably arise due to being left alone with the English under a single roof It s great I might have thought that bit was a bit odd but it was after the chapter about Saxe Coburg Gotha Or to follow it s main trajectory which only skims central Germany in passing it s a soliloy on the wholly un English un Englishness of those totally un English tossers who call themselves the Windsors but are really the Saxe Coburg Gotha Schleswig Holstein Sonderburg Glukburg s Not content with pointing this out we then get an entire page or so of a list of all the German aristos the not Windsors are closely related to than they are to the Plantagenets or Alfred the Great or possibly Arthur Pendragon or something Reading it is rather like trying to read a Berlin yellow pages which is upside down and someone is whacking you hard on the head with it So what can we learn from this book except that school children need to think about death for a well rounded education and to avoid the fall of western civilization again Monarchies are swell but only the right sorts of monarchies The Irish are not to be trusted Small kindgoms are funny I have no idea but I know Norman Davies is no free from history than the rest of us The best single bit is a vintage WW1 Galician jokeA German officer on the Eastern Front The situation is serious but it is not hopeless His Austro Hungarian comrade No it is hopeless But it is not serious

  • Hardcover
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  • Vanished Kingdoms The History of Half Forgotten Europe
  • Norman Davies
  • English
  • 09 August 2019
  • 9781846143380

About the Author: Norman Davies

Professor The History of Half PDF or Ivor Norman Richard Davies The History Epub µ FBA FRHistS is a leading English historian of Welsh descent noted for his publications on the history of Europe Poland Vanished Kingdoms MOBI :à and the United Kingdom From Davies taught Polish history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies SSEES of the University of London where Kingdoms The History PDF/EPUB Â he was professor from to Currently he is Supernumary Fellow at Wolfso.



10 thoughts on “Vanished Kingdoms The History of Half Forgotten Europe

  1. says:

    Some books stay on your shelves so long they get suatters’ rights and you get the idea they’re part of the décor rather than something to read This was one of thoseI took a look at it this week I had a go And one of those things I like to geek out on occasionally is obscure history The Empire of Trebizond The Khanate of the Golden Horde Timbuctoo Faraway places with strange sounding names I have to recognise that to the 54450 inhabi

  2. says:

    So this turned out to be waaaay WTF than expected While also being really fucking boringNow i’m the escapee graduate of a Marxist cult that hasn’t incorporated a new idea since Warsaw Ghetto fell I am perfectly at home with the notion that all accounts of history are an ideological construct including the ones you yes you hold dear Since history can never be known but only abused you might as well shrug and move on with the

  3. says:

    Norman Davies says right at the beginning of this book that he has chosen to write about things that interest him and I have found it one of the most interesting histories I have read in years It both opens new doors who ever knew of Tolosa Alt Clud Aragon or Rosenau and fills in threadbare parts of my tapestry of knowl

  4. says:

    This is a book about countries that have died Many I had heard about before such as Burgundy Borussia and Byzantine some were new to me like Alt Clud and Rusyn I have always been fascinated by the rise and fall of empires so this book was written for meEach country is given a chapter and Davies draws us a sketch of the countries rise and fall I liked the snippets of obscure information and some off piste analysis and commentaryMy favourite

  5. says:

    Vanished Kingdoms is a bit of an uneven book On the one hand it delves into some really fascinating corners of European history and reminds the reader that there is no intrinsic reason the current borders are whe

  6. says:

    The best histories are always slightly eccentric and this one certainly is eccentric Its range is great both in time and space ancient modern and trans European it deals with failed or vanished states but in reality reminds us that everything is transient Things only feel permanent and fixed when we stand in the centreI suppose what I like about this book is its serendipity the fact that you can dive in virtually anywhe

  7. says:

    Norman Davies surprised me than 20 years ago with his phenomenal Europe A History a thick peat that had the great merit of treating Eastern European history on an eual footing with that of the well known Western European Davies then continued to produce thick volumes and this Vanished Kingdoms also is a uite voluminous His focus in this book is on the kingdoms and states that have come to an end in the course of European history

  8. says:

    It is slightly fraudulent to mark this book as read but given that there is no option to mark as skipped some chapters after persisting far longer than the material justifies this will have to doI cannot recall the last time I didn't read a book all the way through even a long one like this Alas the addition of some truly objectionable showing off has pushed me over the edge There is no doubt that Professor Davies has researched all his sub

  9. says:

    A really interesting subject made almost unbearably boring

  10. says:

    When I was a child in the 1970's the map of the Europe seemed immutable Ongoing decolonialisation granted statehood to pre existing territories of the major European powers and new states had sprung forth from violent conflict in far flung corners of the globe but Europe's boundaries fixed in the aftermath of the Second World War were constant Then came the collapse of the Soviet Union and the break up of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovia Europe'

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