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Way below accepted standard
am 23. März 2015
You will find everything, that you wouldn't expect to find in the decent book: numerous factual errors (which are present in all parts of book); concepts that not only contradict established gold standard of the particular narratives, but also to the author himself; dubious and unreliable sources, etc. It is hard to believe that author of this "academic" book is the same Norman Davies, who delivered to the world such comprehensive studies like Europe:History; God's Playground etc.
This book is in such poor shape, that you start asking yourself, is it truly professor rather then a first year student who wrote it. Even to non professionals, factual mistakes in the book poke the eyes. And let me stress it: not the minor or stylistic ones, but the major ones. Likewise inaccurate Independence dates for some EE countries (while surviving contemporary documents states opposite to author) are the most obvious. Author went one step forward and exposed his imaginative nature: he started inventing various fictional tribes and even place names!
"Sources" of this book deserves a separate passage. N. Davies heavy really on web pages. Let me stress: not those established and sound academic ones, data bases, but mostly web pages, which are maintained and expanded by private (!) and amateur (!) persons. Those not only are lacking academic integrity but also full of mistakes. And this is why the book is full of the same fictional concepts and factual errors. Even more, N. Davies cunningly avoids sources (including primary ones), which are in direct contradiction to his theses, making this book way below any accepted standard.
And finally, last word to the tutors: you should not recommend this book to your students, except for illustrative purposes for how books shouldn't be written.