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Norman Davies, Warsaw (Poland), October 7, 2004
Norman Davies, Warsaw (Poland), October 7, 2004

Norman Davies (born June 8, 1939 in Bolton, Lancashire) is an English historian of Welsh descent, noted for his publications on the history of Poland, Europe and the British Isles. Image File history File linksMetadata Norman_Davies_by_Kubik. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Norman_Davies_by_Kubik. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Statistics Population: 139,403 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SD715095 Administration Metropolitan borough: Bolton Metropolitan county: Greater Manchester Region: North West England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Greater Manchester Historic county: Lancashire Services Police force: Greater Manchester Ambulance: North West Post office and telephone Post... Lancashire is a county in North West England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... An historian is someone who writes history, a written accounting of the past. ... This article is about the country. ... In the period following its emergence in the 10th century, the Polish nation was led by a series of strong rulers who converted the Poles to Christianity, created a strong Central European state and integrated Poland into European culture. ... The Treaty of Rome signing ceremony. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Biography

Davies' full name is Ivor Norman Richard Davies. A disciple of A.J.P. Taylor, Davies studied history at Magdalen College, Oxford. After stays abroad in Grenoble, France, and Perugia, Italy, he intended to study for a Ph.D. in the Soviet Union, but was denied an entry visa. Instead, he went to Kraków to study at the Jagiellonian University and do research on the Polish-Soviet war. As this war did not exist in the official communist Polish historiography of that time, he was obliged to change the title of his dissertation to The British Foreign Policy towards Poland, 1919-20. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Kraków, the English text appeared under the title White Eagle, Red Star. The Polish-Soviet War 1919-20 in 1972. For others named John Taylor, see John Taylor. ... College name Magdalen College Collegium Beatae Mariae Magdalenae Named after Mary Magdalene Established 1458 Sister College Magdalene College President Professor David Clary FRS JCR President Jessica Jones Undergraduates 395 MCR President Kader Allouni Graduates 230 Homepage Boatclub Magdalen College (pronounced ) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of... Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... Grenoble (Arpitan: Grasanòbol) is a city and commune in south-east France, situated at the foot of the Alps, at the confluence of the Drac into the Isère River. ... Perugia is the capital city in the region of Umbria in central Italy, near the Tiber river, and the capital of the province of Perugia. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... Wawel Hill. ... Jagiellonian University (Polish: Uniwersytet JagielloÅ„ski, often shortened to UJ) is located in Krakow, Poland, and has been ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement as the best Polish university. ... Combatants Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic Second Polish Republic Commanders Mikhail Tukhachevsky Semyon Budyonny Joseph Stalin Józef PiÅ‚sudski Edward Rydz-ÅšmigÅ‚y Strength 950,000 including reserves 5 million 360,000 including reserves 738,000 Casualties Unknown, dead estimated at 100,000 - 150,000 Unknown, dead estimated at... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


From 1971, Davies taught Polish history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) of the University of London, where he was professor from 1985 to 1996. Currently, he is Supernumary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. Throughout his career, Davies has lectured in many countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Poland, and in most of the rest of Europe as well. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... In the period following its emergence in the 10th century, the Polish nation was led by a series of strong rulers who converted the Poles to Christianity, created a strong Central European state and integrated Poland into European culture. ... The School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) was inaugurated in London on 19 October 1915 by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, who went on to become the President of Czechoslovakia. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ... A professor giving a lecture The meaning of the word professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) varies. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... A fellow in the broadest sense is someone who is an equal or a comrade. ... College name Wolfson College Named after Sir Isaac Wolfson, CBE Established 1965 Sister College Darwin College President Sir Gareth Roberts, FRS JCR President none (graduate-only college) Undergraduates none (graduate-only college) Graduates 450 Homepage Boatclub Wolfson College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in...


The work that established Davies's reputation in the English-speaking world was God's Playground (1981), a comprehensive overview of Polish history, which still ranks as one of the most influential in the field. It gave Davies fame and notoriety in Poland, although -- or rather because -- it could only be distributed as an underground samizdat copy in the early 1980s. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Samizdat, book published by Pathfinder Press containing a collection of forbidden Trotskyist Samizdat texts. ...


Against the backdrop of the current events in Poland, Davies published a more concise, essayistic description of the role of the past in Polish present, entitled Heart of Europe (1984). 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Some colleagues have accused Davies of a "Polonophile" attitude in presenting Polish-Russian, Polish-Jewish or Polish-German conflicts. In particular, some Jewish historians, most vocally Lucy Dawidowicz1 and Abraham Brumberg2, object to Davies' historical treatment of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland. They accuse him of minimizing historic anti-Semitism, and of promoting a view that the Holocaust occupies a position in international historiography which tends to minimize the suffering of non-Jewish Poles and even denounce them as anti-Semites. Davies’ supporters contend that he gives due attention to the genocide and war crimes perpetrated by both Hitler and Stalin on Polish Jews and non-Jews. Davies himself cynically argues that "Holocaust scholars need have no fears that rational comparisons might threaten that uniqueness. Quite the opposite." and that "...one needs to re-construct mentally the fuller picture in order to comprehend the true enormity of Poland’s wartime cataclysm, and then to say with absolute conviction ‘Never Again’."3 4 For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Lucy S. Davidowicz (June 16, 1915 – December 5, 1990), was a American historian, and an author of books in modern Jewish history in particular the Holocaust. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Anti-Semitism (alternatively spelled antisemitism) is hostility towards Jews (not: Semites - see the Misnomer section further on). ... Hitler redirects here. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In 1986, Dawidowicz’s criticism of Davies’ historical treatment of the Holocaust was cited as a factor in a controversy at Stanford University in which Davies was denied a tenured faculty position for alleged "scientific flaws". Davies sued the university for breach of contract and defamation of character, but in 1989 the court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction in an academic matter. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. ... Breach of contract is a legal concept in which a binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract by non-performance or interference with the other partys performance. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the 1990s, Davies returned with two monumental works: Europe (1996) and The Isles (1999). In both books he sets out to present the importance of the "peripheries" on an equal footing and to revise conventional wisdom in historiography that he considers too Westernly biased and Anglo-centric, respectively. A supporter of the Labour Party, a republican (anti-monarchist) and a supporter of closer British integration into the European Union, in The Isles, Davies sought to expose what he considered the myth of a British nationality. In Davies's view, the whole idea of Britishness was an 18th-19th century myth created in order to justify English rule over the neighboring Celtic peoples such as the Scots, the Irish and the Welsh. Davies ends The Isles with a call for the end of the United Kingdom with Northern Ireland joining Ireland, independence for Scotland and Wales, the abolition of the British monarchy and England seeking its fate in a United States of Europe. Davies has often criticized those in Britain who favor the Atlanticist orientation with closer ties to the United States. In Davies's view, the destiny of Britain lies with closer ties to Europe. This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Historiography is the study of the practice of history. ... The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in the United Kingdom. ... Motto:  (Latin for Who will separate us?)[1] Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official language(s) English (de facto), Ulster Scots, Irish3, Northern Ireland Sign Language, Irish Sign Language Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of... Motto: (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots2 Government  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - UK Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I 843  Area    - Total 78,772 km... This article is about the country. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Atlanticism is a philosophy of cooperation among European and North American nations regarding political, economic, and defense issues. ...


Next, Davies and his former research assistant Roger Moorhouse co-wrote a history of Wrocław, the former German Breslau, at the suggestion of the city's mayor. The book considers the city a focal point of Central European history and uses it to present that history "in a nutshell". Although fellow historians criticised a number of technical defects in the book, it became an instant bestseller in both Germany and Poland, where it had been published simultaneously. Roger Moorhouse (born 14 October 1968) is a British historian and author. ... WrocÅ‚aw ( ; German: ; Czech: ; Latin: Wratislavia or Vratislavia) is the capital of Lower Silesia in southwestern Poland, situated on the Oder River (Odra). ...


Davies also writes essays and popular articles for the mass media. Among others, he has worked for the BBC as well as British and American magazines and newspapers, such as like The Times, The New York Review of Books and The Independent. In Poland, his articles appeared in the liberal Catholic weekly Tygodnik Powszechny. The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom since 1785, and under its current name since 1788. ... The New York Review of Books (or NYREV or NYRB) is a biweekly magazine on literature, culture, and current affairs published in New York which takes, as its point of departure that the discussion of important books is itself an indispensable literary activity. ... The Independent is a British compact newspaper published by Tony OReillys Independent News & Media. ... Tygodnik Powszechny (translates as Universal Weekly), is a Roman Catholic weekly newspaper, published in Kraków, Poland. ...


After 1989, God's Playground became required reading in many Polish classrooms, where each subsequent book was immediately translated and became an instant commercial success. In 2000, Davies's Polish publishers Znak published a collection of his essays and articles under the title Smok wawelski nad Tamizą ("The Wawel Dragon on the Thames"). It is not available in English. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Smok Wawelski, also known as The Dragon of Wawel Hill or simply The Wawel Dragon, is a famous dragon in Polish folklore. ... Several places exist with the name Thames, and the word is also used as part of several brand and company names Most famous is the River Thames in England, on which the city of London stands Other Thames Rivers There is a Thames River in Canada There is a Thames...


Davies's next book, Rising '44 describes the Warsaw Uprising and was internationally well received on the occasion of the Rising's anniversary in 2004. Combatants Poland Germany Commanders Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski, Antoni Chruściel, Tadeusz Pełczyński Erich von dem Bach, Rainer Stahel, Heinz Reinefarth, Bronislav Kaminski Strength 50,000 troops 25,000 troops Casualties 18,000 killed, 12,000 wounded, 15,000 taken prisoner 250,000 civilians killed 10,000 killed... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Footnotes

  1.   Lucy Dawidowicz, "The Curious Case of Marek Edelman". Observations. Commentary, March 1987, pp. 66-69. See also reply by Norman Davies and others in Letters from Readers, Commentary, August, 1987 pp. 2–12.
  2.   Abraham Brumberg, "Murder Most Foul", Times Literary Supplement, March 2, 2001. Essay on Neighbors by Jan T. Gross. Tony Judt and Abraham Brumberg. Letters, Times Literary Supplement, London April 6, 2001. See also response by Norman Davies, Letters, Times Literary Supplement, London April 13, 2001.
  3.   Norman Davies, "Russia, the missing link in Britain's VE Day mythology", The Times, London, May 01, 2005.
  4.   Norman Davies, lecture, University of Cincinnati Department of History and the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Cincinnati, OH. April 26, 2005.

Lucy S. Davidowicz (June 16, 1915 – December 5, 1990), was a American historian, and an author of books in modern Jewish history in particular the Holocaust. ... Tony Judt (born 1948, London, England) is a British historian, author and professor. ...

Awards and distinctions

Davies holds a number of honorary titles and memberships, including honorary doctorates from the universities of Lublin and Gdańsk, memberships in the Polish Academy of Learning (PAU) and the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europea [1], and fellowships of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society [2]. Davies is also an honorary citizen of Lublin and Kraków. In 2005, he was granted the Order of Saint Stanislaus in Poland. An Honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum) is a degree awarded to someone by an institution that he or she may have never attended, it may be a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree - however, the latter is most common. ... Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (in Polish Universytet Marii Curie-SkÅ‚odowskiej, commonly shortened to UMCS) was founded October 23, 1944 in Lublin. ... // History GdaÅ„sk University in GdaÅ„sk was established in 1970 by the amalgamation of the Higher School of Economics in Sopot (existing since 1945) and GdaÅ„sk College of Education (formed in 1946). ... The Polish Academy of Skills (Polish: Polska Akademia Umiejętności, PAU), till 1919 just The Academy of Skills (Akademia Umiejętności, AU) founded in 1872 in Kraków as continuation of the Kraków Scientific Society (Towarzystwo Naukowe Krakowskie, est. ... The British Academy is the United Kingdoms national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. ... The Royal Historical Society was founded in 1868. ... For other uses, see Lublin (disambiguation). ... Wawel Hill. ... Imperial Russian Order of St. ...


Publications

  • 1972: White Eagle, Red Star: The Polish-Soviet War, 1919-20. (2004 edition: ISBN 0-7126-0694-7)
  • 1977: Poland, Past and Present. A Select Bibliography of Works in English. ISBN 0-89250-011-5
  • 1981: God's Playground. A History of Poland. Vol. 1: The Origins to 1795, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-925339-0 / ISBN 0-19-925340-4.
  • 1984: Heart of Europe. A Short History of Poland. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-285152-7.
    • 2001: Heart of Europe : The Past in Poland's Present Oxford University Press, USA; New edition ISBN 0-19-280126-0
  • 1991: Jews in Eastern Poland and the USSR, 1939-46.Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-06200-1
  • 1996: Europe: A History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-820171-0
  • 1997: Auschwitz and the Second World War in Poland: A lecture given at the Representations of Auschwitz international conference at the Jagiellonian University. Universitas. ISBN 83-7052-935-6
  • 1999: Red Winds from the North. Able Publishing. ISBN 0-907616-45-3
  • 1999: The Isles. A History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-513442-7
  • 2002 (with Roger Moorhouse): Microcosm: Portrait of a Central European City London: Jonathan Cape. ISBN 0-224-06243-3
  • 2004: Rising '44. The Battle for Warsaw. London: Pan Books. ISBN 0-333-90568-7
  • 2006: Europe East and West: A Collection of Essays on European History. Jonathan Cape. ISBN 0-224-06924-1
  • 2006: Europe at War 1939-1945: No Simple Victory. Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-69285-3

1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gods Playground is a book about history of Poland written by Norman Davies. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Roger Moorhouse (born 14 October 1968) is a British historian and author. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

Reference

  • Snowman, Daniel "Norman Davies" pages 36–38 from History Today, Volume 55, Issue 7, July 2005.

External links


Anne Applebaum (born 1964) is a journalist and author who has written extensively about issues related to communism and the development of civil society in Eastern Europe and the USSR / Russia. ...

Books by Norman Davies

White Eagle, Red Star | Poland, Past and Present | God's Playground | Heart of Europe | Europe: A History | The Isles: A History | Microcosm | Rising '44 | Europe East and West Gods Playground is a book about history of Poland written by Norman Davies. ...


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