By Norman Davies
The such a lot complete survey of Polish heritage to be had in English, God's Playground demonstrates Poland's value in ecu historical past from medieval instances to the current. forsaking the normal nationalist method of Polish historical past, Norman Davies in its place stresses the country's wealthy multinational historical past and areas the advance of the Jewish German, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian groups firmly in the Polish context.
Davies emphasizes the cultural background of Poland via a presentation of in depth poetical, literary, and documentary texts in English translation. In each one quantity, chronological chapters of political narrative are interspersed with essays on spiritual, social, financial, constitutional, philosophical, and diplomatic topics.
This re-creation has been revised and completely up to date with new chapters to carry the tale to the tip of the 20 th century.
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He even submitted a memorandum on educational reform, which proposed that the Polish language - 'a degenerate dialect of Russian' - should be replaced in Polish schools by Old Church Slavonic.
Henceforward, the historian of Poland must focus his attention more on men's beliefs and aspirations. In particular, in political affairs, he must examine the central phenomenon of the growth of the Polish nation—a theme to which, in the absence of a Polish state, all others must be subordinated. For Nationality is essentially a belief - a deep sense of conviction concerning one's personal identity. It is not inherent in human kind, and in European life is hard to discover at any period prior to the French Revolution.
They long as earnestly today for the 'liberalization' of the Soviet Union as their predecessors once longed for the reform of Tsarist Russia and for the preservation of Austria—Hungary. Fearful that the new national states might prove to be just as repressive as the dynastic empires, they have accepted their formation with reluctance and with no small scepticism. Paradoxically therefore, and in clear contradiction of their supposedly liberal principles, they have never hastened to give active support to the protracted struggles of national movements against autocracy and tyranny.
God’s Playground: A History of Poland, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present by Norman Davies