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God's Playground: A History of Poland, Volume 1 (Revised Edition) / Edition 2
     

God's Playground: A History of Poland, Volume 1 (Revised Edition) / Edition 2

by Norman Davies
 

ISBN-10: 0231128177

ISBN-13: 9780231128179

Pub. Date: 03/30/2005

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The most comprehensive survey of Polish history available in English, God's Playground demonstrates Poland's importance in European history from medieval times to the present. Abandoning the traditional nationalist approach to Polish history, Norman Davies instead stresses the country's rich multinational heritage and places the development of the Jewish

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The most comprehensive survey of Polish history available in English, God's Playground demonstrates Poland's importance in European history from medieval times to the present. Abandoning the traditional nationalist approach to Polish history, Norman Davies instead stresses the country's rich multinational heritage and places the development of the Jewish German, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian communities firmly within the Polish context.

Davies emphasizes the cultural history of Poland through a presentation of extensive poetical, literary, and documentary texts in English translation. In each volume, chronological chapters of political narrative are interspersed with essays on religious, social, economic, constitutional, philosophical, and diplomatic themes.

This new edition has been revised and fully updated with two new chapters to bring the story to the end of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231128179
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/30/2005
Edition description:
revised edition
Pages:
638
Sales rank:
143,931
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Maps and Diagrams Illustrations Notes on the Illustrations Chronology

I. Introduction: The Origins to 1572

1. Millenium: A Thousand Years of History (Historiography)2. Polska: The Polish Land (Historical Geography)3. Piast: The Polonian Dynasty (to 1370)4. Anjou: The Hungarian Connection (1370-1386)5. Jogaila: The Lithuanian Union (1386-1572)

II. The Life and Death of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic (1569-1795)

6. Antemurale: The Bulwark of Christendom (Religion)7. Szlachta: The Nobleman's Paradise (Society)8. Handel: The Baltic Grain Trade (Economy)9. Miasto: The Vicissitudes of Urban Life (The Cities)10. Anarchia: The Noble Democracy (Constitution)11. Serenissima: Diplomacy in Poland-Lithuania (Foreign Affairs)12. Valois: The French Experiment (1572-1575)13. Bathory: The Transylvanian Victor (1576-1586)14. Vasa: The Swedish Connection (1587-1668)15. Michal: The Austrian Connection (1669-1673)16. Sobieski: Terror of the Turk (1674-1696)17. Wettin: The Saxon Era (1697-1763)18. Agonia: The End of the Russian Protectorate (1764-1795)

Notes on the Text

Index

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