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Rranean; 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 centuri. 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 subjects meticulously But do we really need to be treated to long passages of poetry in arcane tongues coupled his even longer explanations of how much research he has done to appreciate thisThen there is the tone Who on earth would make a statement such as The English who are now a dominant majority have often taken the triumph of their forebears for granted at least in popular history They admire the imperialist Romans and identify with the Anglo Saxons but despise the Celts and expect to continue to be taken as a seri

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Vanished Kingdoms The History of Half Forgotten Europe

'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. Some books stay on your shelves so long they get suatters rights and you get the idea they re part of the d cor 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 inhabitants of Timbuctoo it s actually Nottingham England that s faraway and strange sounding so it s all relative But I digressThis Norman Davies is some giant history professor and what not but I think he had too much time on his hands with this tome it s like something he looked forward to getting round to when he retired and now here he is retired and here s his huge project And he must have coshed his editor and tied him up and stashed him in the broom cupboard unless his editor was the kind of person who kept sayi

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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 Medite. 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 possi


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

  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

  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 th

  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 analys

  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 where they are On the oth

  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 e

  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 Some were

  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 persisti

  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 th

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