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Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe Paperback – 1 Dec 2012

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"An alternative history of Europe that is . . . densely packed yet commendably accessible, magisterial, and uncommonly humane."--"The Boston Globe" "Davies is certainly one of the best British historical writers of the past half century, and every gauntlet he throws down is bejeweled. His literary gifts and his capacity for what he nicely calls 'imaginative sympathy' are stretched to their limits by this challenging project. . . . Yet Davies succeeds, and it is quite a success." --Timothy Snyder, "The Guardian" (London) "Hugely ambitious . . . From the mists, Mr. Davies summons the kingdoms; he records their emergence, their flowering and their demise--whether by 'internall diseases' or 'forraign warre' in Thomas Hobbes's words. And he examines the traces that the kingdoms have left behind, in works of art or a piece of rock or perhaps just a place name."--"The Wall Street Journal" "Davies is certainly one of the best British historical writers of the past half century, and every gauntlet he throws down is bejeweled. His literary gifts and his capacity for what he nicely calls 'imaginative sympathy' are stretched to their limits by this challenging project. . . . Yet Davies succeeds, and it is quite a success." --Timothy Snyder, "The Guardian" "An alternative history of Europe that is . . . densely packed yet commendably accessible, magisterial and uncommonly humane."--"The Boston Globe" "Davies resurrects the lands and peoples that were lost in the brutal tide of history. . . . It takes a tremendous feat of empathy to write about countries and peoples that no longer exist. And the amount of information in "Vanished Kingdoms" that will be new to all but the most expert students of European history is staggering. . . . Fascinating facts and insights flutter on its many pages."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "Davies is well known as an iconoclast who punctures the comforting myths of countries that history has blessed. . . . "Vanished Kingdoms" gives full rein to his historical imagination and enthusiasms, imparting a powerful sense of places lost in time. All across Europe ghosts will bless him for telling their long-forgotten stories." --"The Economist"

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Norman Davies C. M. G., F. B. A. is Professor Emeritus of the University of London, a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and the author of several books on Polish and European history, including God's Playground, White Eagle, Red Star, The Isles, Europe, and Microcosm.

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