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Europa

Advantages: A brilliantly written, single volume overview of the history of the peninsula we call Europe
Disadvantages: Too thin in places for the extra information all readers will want to know after reading this book

I wish that I had had history books like this to read when I was young. Davies is not only a conscientious and painstaking academic historian but a great story teller. His history of Europe is, in my opinion, the best single volume book of history that ...

Colenso 05.10.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Europe: a History - Norman Davies

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Europa Nostrum

Advantages: very informative
Disadvantages: --

This is a very large tome. it is more the size of a dictionary than some of the more usual history books that you get. Davies' main focus prior to this book had been Poland and he makes many references to that country in this text. It can be hard tr ...

oclumhain 23.04.2001 · Read full review
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More than meets the eye...

Advantages: Interesting, thought-provoking, readable
Disadvantages: Has various biases (most of them explained)

The British Isles are a unique geographical location in the world, having been provided by nature with advantages and problems unique in the world, and peopled by various groups who have worked together and against one another for domination of the Isles. ...

frkurt 15.01.2003 · Read full review
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Review of The Isles - Norman Davies

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Where's That?

Advantages: Informative, interesting, entertaining.
Disadvantages: Nit-picking, there are no major disadvantages.

The concept behind “Vanished Kingdoms” is an interesting and original one: how and why do states die and what happens afterwards? A cursory search on even such an unreliable source as Wikipedia will reveal dozens of political entities which have disappear ...

JoePoirot 06.03.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe - Norman Davies

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