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In this evocative account, Norman Davies provides a key to understanding the social and political inheritance of modern Poland. Beginning with Solidarity and the immediate concerns of the period since 1945, Davies works backward through time to highlight the themes and traditions of the past which are still alive in the present. Davies shows that Poland is the heart of Europe in more than just the geographical sense--it is a country whose fate is a matter of vital concern to European civilization as a whole.
"Professor Davies of the University of London is unquestionably the West's leading authority on Poland. His recent God's Playground, a two-volume history of that unhappy land, stands as the best survey in any language. The present work is a distillation of the longer one to which Professor Davies has added more material on the 19th and 20th centuries. He has sought to account for the survival of the Poles between Teuton and East Slav, and to explain the rise of Solidarity.Heart of Europe is easily the best short history of Poland ever written." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
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