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God's Playground A History of Poland: Volume II: 1795 to the Present Paperback – Feb 23 2005

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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised Edition edition (Feb. 23 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199253404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199253401
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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`Review from previous edition Anyone who wants to understand what has happened in Poland must dig into Norman Davies's great opencast mine of Polish is very accessible, strewn with vivid quotations from original sources, good ancedotes, and much verse...' Sunday Times

`The magnificence of God's Playground is that Norman Davies has given us the music as well as the libretto, the passion, poetry, myth, and anecdote as well as the facts... Davies writes with spirit, and his enjoyment is infectious. ' Observer

`A yawning gap in Anglophone historical literature has now been filled...Dr Davies writes interestingly and well. His moods vary between cool detachement, passionate involvement, and ironic comment. His range of sources is wide and imaginative...a very substantial achievement.' Times Literary Supplement

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This is the best book written in English for those interested in European History. I recommend this book highly to any avid reader.
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Good read! July 31 2015
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A friend suggested that I read this book. The author is a professor in England, and he is highly respected. It is very informational. Am a reference librarian, and so I notice things like attention to fact, the referencing of sources, and the absence of personal opinion or agenda. Have not read the whole book yet. It is over 500 pages, but it is interesting so far!
Well researched and written. The division of chapters by ... Oct. 9 2015
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Well researched and written. The division of chapters by subject, rather than chronology, add a unique perspective to the historical read of this period.
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