Heart of Europe by Norman Davies
The Past in Poland's Present

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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.
 

About Norman Davies

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Norman Davies is chairman of the history department, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, at the University of London. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia and McGill Universities.
 
Published May 31, 2001 by Oxford Paperbacks. 520 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A journalistic history of a trying period in postwar East-West relations—the tug-of-war over Berlin and the consequent erection of the Berlin Wall.

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Not a travel book, this is a ""journal of opinions"", a record of what Matthiessen thought about during a half a year abroad, his views largely on education and politics.

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Switzerland, epitomizing the ""formula for the only possible European future"" — the proving ground for the truest democracy in the world — that complex, paradoxical turntable of Europe.

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