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The Isles A HistoryW Polsce historia brytyjska w znacznej mierze pozostaje nieznana Jeśli ktoś ją w ogóle studiuje to robi to z dawnej anglocentrycznej perspektywy Większość Polaków myśli chyba że Brytania je. I don't like Norman Davies but I have to give this book at least 4 stars Davies is another revisionist historian but unlike most he gives good justification for most of his revisions and is a first rate historian when it comes to historiographical criticism I think all history students should read the part of this book where Davies savages the previous historical writing about the United Kingdom He obviously writes from a Celticcatholic viewpoint and one has to be careful when one reads him for this reason alone But his criticism of previous histories of Britain and associated islands one should NEVER call Ireland a British isle there's nothing British about it and uestioning of long assumed positions is the stuff of which first class historiography is made and well received by me whatever else Davies' faults are If you want to understand how British history has been written you need to read these sections The book is huge; this is never a fault with a good book The fault lies with some of text which is superflous and only provides gristle to get in the way of the meat Fictional accounts of isolated instances of British history should never have appeared in such a book Davies' revisionist sallies against the walls of British historiography are worth wading through this nonesense though He also writes as if he were supporting trends that he assumes will happen in the future which comes to partisan politics than to sound history This is not the book to read to come away from saying one has completely learned British history from it Davies is often too busy grinding his own axes to give time to the events and themes which need to be discussed An example is his treatment of the Cornish language revival movement which might be of interest to all 500 participants but comes at the sacrifice of lots of European historical context which would have interfered with Davies`lashing of his pet peeves; protestants Germanics and royalty But The Isles A History is to be learned from and it is a worthy read for many reasons

Norman Davies ☆ 3 review

St tym samym miejscem co Anglia Popełniają taki sam błąd jak ci którzy uważają że Rzeczpospolita Obojga Narodów była tym samym miejscem co Polska Wyspy ukażą im inny obraz Być może pomo. I’m sorry to say I found this a big disappointment It starts off well enough – the early chapters on the prehistory of the British Isles are very good brilliant almostbut it soon goes off and gets so progressively bad that in the end I couldn’t finish it The problem is that Professor Davies hates the English and it really isn’t possible to write a decent history of the British Isles if at every point you relish a racist put down I have read many of Davies’s books and until now loved them all My disillusionment on finding that someone I have loved and admired actually hates me and all my tribe is therefore hugely upsetting Until the English actually arrive the hatred is concealed but the moment Hengist and Horsa swing on the scene we are treated to the poisonous invective of a seasoned Anglophobe It didn’t have to be like this Jean Sans Terre – as none of his subjects called King John – was no a Frenchman than I am the Normans or Northmen were not of course ethnically French at all yet Professor Davies rubs his Frenchified moniker in our English faces at every opportunity And of course he hates the Church of England – as an expression of English nationalism of course he would Davies loves all supranational non English institutions whether they are the Church of Rome or the European Union as the flip side to his hatred of everything Anglo Saxon I haven’t been so disappointed since watching Edward I’s Irish levies switch sides to the Jockinese in one of the battle scenes in the film Braveheart Ah Professor Davies I would follow you anywhere in your historical exploration of all things Polish or eastern European but in this book – alas the cloven hoof peeps from under your Welsh hose and you show yourself to be just another chippy Celt

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review The Isles A History Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB è ➶ [Reading] ➸ The Isles A History By Norman Davies ➫ – W Polsce historia brytyjska w znacznej mierze pozostaje nieznana Jeśli ktoś ją w ogóle studiuje to robi to z dawnej anglocentrycznej perspektywy Większość Polaków myśli chybaGą im też zrozumieć że Polska nie jest jedynym krajem którego historię trzeba napisać od nowa i którego miejsce w Europie trzeba na nowo określićNorman Davies z Przedmowy do polskiego wydan. Everything you know about British history is wrong unless your name is Norman Davies The heck with There will always be an England according to Davies there never was an England The very idea of England is a whiggish plot And don't even get started on the idea of Britain But you should probably visit Wales if you have the properly reverent attitudeA clearly written and enjoyable one man's view type of history