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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best on Poland--Where's the Update?
Since its publication in 1984, these two heavy tomes have been the only survey course of Polish history worth reading, in Polish or English or any other language. The others, since the beginnings of Polish history books, have generally been badly outdated, marred by heavy ideological or religous bias, or were written by enthusiasts rather than by trained historians. I...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Good histories of Poland are rare, and this is not one.
Although God's Playground covers a large chunk of Poland's history, Davies relies heavily on sources which are not very historically reliable. In reference to the uprising of 1830, he quotes extensively from literary sources (e.g., Romantic poets), without much in the way of alternative documentation, such as archival research; in his extraordinarily brief discussion of...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best on Poland--Where's the Update?, 3. Februar 2000
Since its publication in 1984, these two heavy tomes have been the only survey course of Polish history worth reading, in Polish or English or any other language. The others, since the beginnings of Polish history books, have generally been badly outdated, marred by heavy ideological or religous bias, or were written by enthusiasts rather than by trained historians. I have read as many as I could fine since I started studying the field in 1971. Davies is controversial because he does indeed take stands not always popular with some readers, and he is a reasonable romantic enthusiast. Note the other reviews. After all, he received his doctorate in Krakow, the former capital of Poland, a true measure of devotion to the country. Unfortunately, the world of Polish, much less Eastern European, historigoraphy has been overturned with the end of the Cold War and opening of the archives and libraries formerly denied. There is a crying need for an updated version of Polish history, especially to cover the post-1945 period, which was off-limits under the rules in the former People's Republic. Until then, read Davies. Understandably, the market for this sort of work is limited, but it is good to know that a Polish translation is used in the restored Poland. Certain periods are well-coverd, as in the Piotr Wandycz book on 19th century Poland. We distributed copies of this work through the cultural section of the American Embassy in Warsaw in the 1980's.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Davies gives a thorough and balanced view of Polish History, 5. Juni 1998
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God's Playground is currently being used by many schools in Poland as the textbook of Polish history. It was writen in English, and was translated into Polish to be used in schools. It is very thorough, well balanced, and focuses on the Mickiewicz point of view. The book is a good reflection of how Poles see their history. Russophiles probably wouldn't enjoy this very Polish view of history, but it is well written, well researched, and interesting! This is the first book about Polish history, that was translated into Polish to be used in Polish schools.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Good histories of Poland are rare, and this is not one., 5. Januar 1996
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Although God's Playground covers a large chunk of Poland's history, Davies relies heavily on sources which are not very historically reliable. In reference to the uprising of 1830, he quotes extensively from literary sources (e.g., Romantic poets), without much in the way of alternative documentation, such as archival research; in his extraordinarily brief discussion of the 1846 peasant jacquerie in Galicia, he lays full blame for this bloody expression of peasants' resentment towards the Polish gentry entirely upon the Austrian authorities, an interpretation of events that is dubious at best. Davies also has a strong tendency himself to romanticize his subject matter. For example, in his section on the lives of the peasants, he includes a long quote from a foreign traveller/observer who talks about how the peasants "live lustily", a fairly typical Slavophilic view of the peasants. However, he accepts this account on its face value without intervening commentary. For the student of Polish history, God's Playground is very disappointing
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Reader's reviews of Polish history are rarely unbiased, 13. Dezember 1998
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Davies sympathized with Poland as a nation wrongly accused of not doing enough during WW II to help save its Jews from the Nazis. His opinions conflicted with Jewish academics', with whom he quarreled. Those differences in opinion are worth noting by any serious student of Polish history and should not, in any case, be used as an excuse to criticize everything Davies has written. An earlier reader/review characterizes the expression that peasants "live lustily" as a "fairly typical Slavophilic view." Obviously he\she is not Slavic, and the comment and its context is certainly negative. Makes me wonder what people's view the reader represents?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Historical Account of a Much-Neglected Nation, 16. November 1999
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Few English-speaking peoples know much about the accomplishments of the Polish people. The very readable work by Davies, an Englishman, goes a long way to fill in the gap.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best History of Poland, 6. März 2000
I did not read this book yet, but I heard it is excellent. If you send the book to me and i receive it, I will write a review. W. Szybalski
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