Wyspy. Historia

Wyspy Historia W Polsce historia brytyjska w znacznej mierze pozostaje nieznana Je li kto j w og le studiuje to robi to z dawnej anglocentrycznej perspektywy Wi kszo Polak w my li chyba e Brytania jest tym samym

  • Title: Wyspy. Historia
  • Author: Norman Davies
  • ISBN: 9788324002764
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wyspy. Historia

    W Polsce historia brytyjska w znacznej mierze pozostaje nieznana Je li kto j w og le studiuje, to robi to z dawnej, anglocentrycznej perspektywy Wi kszo Polak w my li chyba, e Brytania jest tym samym miejscem, co Anglia Pope niaj taki sam b d jak ci, kt rzy uwa aj , e Rzeczpospolita Obojga Narod w by a tym samym miejscem, co Polska Wyspy uka im inny obraz ByW Polsce historia brytyjska w znacznej mierze pozostaje nieznana Je li kto j w og le studiuje, to robi to z dawnej, anglocentrycznej perspektywy Wi kszo Polak w my li chyba, e Brytania jest tym samym miejscem, co Anglia Pope niaj taki sam b d jak ci, kt rzy uwa aj , e Rzeczpospolita Obojga Narod w by a tym samym miejscem, co Polska Wyspy uka im inny obraz By mo e pomog im te zrozumie , e Polska nie jest jedynym krajem, kt rego histori trzeba napisa od nowa i kt rego miejsce w Europie trzeba na nowo okre li.Norman Davies, z Przedmowy do polskiego wydania

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    1. Luke McCallin

      I love a history book--any book, really--that makes you look at the world differently when you're finished with it. I love a book even more that stays with you long after you have put it back on the shelf and, like a favourite friend, you can't resist popping back to, to look up something, anything, just to pick the book up again.I consider myself fairly well versed in the history--or, as Mr. Davies would say--the 'histories' of my islands, but that was before reading The Isles. It is a work of [...]

    2. Andrew

      This is not so much a history of the British Isles, strictly speaking, as it is an extensive historical reflection on national identity. It examines changing concepts of "England," "Britain," "Great Britain," "the British Empire," "the British Commonwealth," and "the United Kingdom." Davies has two primary concerns. First, he challenges any and all assumptions that such titles for the island nation at any given point in its history are interchangeable or appropriately used at any given stage of [...]

    3. Joel Dishman

      I think that Norman Davies may actually have captured heaven in a paperback. Time vanishes as the pages turn because our puny experience of hours is as nothing to the awesome gulf of history, so much of which has swirled about a former peninsula in the North Sea.

    4. Peter

      A history of the British Isles and it's peoples, from a non anglo-centric perspective. Many British people, let alone foreigners, don't understand the difference between Great Britain, the United Kingdom and England, believing them to be interchangeable at best. No wonder then that this tome begins with an attempt to unravel this knot of confusion and set things , from the off, on a more secure footing.From there we are taken on a systematic history of 'the Isles' as an integral inseparable whol [...]

    5. Dhsparkman

      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 Celtic/catholic viewpoint, and one has to be careful when one reads [...]

    6. Vanjr

      I got this book cheaply (10 US dollars at a Half Price bookstore-list price was 19.99 pounds which is about 30 US dollars) without any idea of how good it was. I had no significant knowledge of the history of Britian or the Isles but hoped to learn. As I have read this book I have learned a significant amount but unfortunately for me this is a history book to "correct" what one has wrongly already learned-ie that which I had not learned. I am sure I missed a lot of what he was saying. So it is n [...]

    7. Richard Thomas

      For someone educated at an English school, this book is a useful corrective to the history taught there. I left having been taught nothing about the history of the rest of the British Isles not indeed pointed at any areas where I might study further for interest' sake. He goes into the history of the Isles with a broad brush and the book was and is a pointer to further reading and understanding. As someone who is perhaps genuinely British by family background (English, Scottish, Welsh with a lit [...]

    8. Penny

      Mr. Davies does a delightful job of bringing history to life in his clear, concise writing style and attention to detail. Rather than an endless drone of dates and figures, this book is full of rich illustrations, maps, charts, and even music notations which bring his subjects to life. He also scatters through vignettes of the "regular" people caught up in the history he discusses, clearly conveying the certainty that momentous events affected not only kings and princes but more poignantly the p [...]

    9. David Williams

      A good informative read, hard to put down. I have read Norman Davies before and have found him to be a solid unbiased author. A good detailed history is given without trying to patriotically glorify it. With a keen interest in history i have learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone willing to learn of the progressive development of all parts of the British Isles and Ireland. The History of England by no means overshadows that of Scotland, Ireland and Wales in this book.

    10. Pieter

      Goed en uitgebreid werk met een logische opbouw. Veel aandacht voor de Keltische periode en ook ruimer dan Engeland alleen, wat vaak de beperkte focus van veel auteurs is. Het boek is ook ruimer dan politiek, maar behandelt ook culturele en godsdienstige aspecten. Een prijs voor wie na bijna 1000 blz de eindbladzijde haalt! :-)

    11. Leah W

      Norman Davies is an extremely accessible, clear writer of history. I plowed through this monster despite not being too much of an Anglophile. It's been a few years since I read it, but I recall it being a easy-to-digest, informative read. Having read enough dull/uninformative history books, I'm glad this exists.

    12. Kristinn Valdimarsson

      Leiðastef höfundar er að UK sé sett saman úr nokkrum mismunandi hlutum (Írum (á meðan þeir voru með), Skotum, Walesverjum og Englendingum). Hann talar m.a. um að reynt hafi verið á síðustu 300 árum að bræða þá saman og það hafi gengið nokkuð vel á meðan UK var heimsveldi en nú þegar það er farið verði slíkt erfiðara. Bókin er fróðleg en vegna þess að hún er afar löng er erfitt að halda þræði frá upphafi til enda þar sem maður getur ekki gefið sé [...]

    13. Anne Cupero

      I absolutely LOVED this book. Davies' writing style is terrific; he makes little turns of phrase come alive. I listened to the audio version of this and read the book version. It is not apologist, or too Anglophile, but there is a reverence. It is a beautifully told story of the triumphs and the hypocrisies. It made me start reading other books of English history because I just wanted this book to go on and on.

    14. Mitchell

      A couple of years ago I read The Fatal Shore, Robert Hughes’ brilliant account of Australia’s history as a British penal colony. After moving to Britain this year I became well aware that my own knowledge of British history is pretty hazy – it was only last year that I found out the British actually once executed their king and had a republic for twenty years. I’d heard of Oliver Cromwell and the “Commonwealth” and the “Restoration” and the English Civil War, but didn’t really [...]

    15. Marta

      Zjednoczone Królestwo, Wielka Brytania, a może Wyspy Brytyjskie? Problem nazewnictwa, dalece wykraczający poza sferę leksykalną, a obejmujący swoim zasięgiem choćby kwestie kulturowe, narodowościowe czy socjologiczne, jest zarówno punktem początkowym, jak i końcowym rozważań Normana Daviesa, uznanego historyka, który swoją przekrojową pracę obejmującą dzieje Anglii, Szkocji, Walii i Irlandii od czasów prehistorycznych po rok 1999 zdecydował się zatytułować w prosty, ale [...]

    16. Jen

      The hardcover version of the book is 1206 pages. When I saw that, I went to look at how long this audio book was. It was then I discovered that my audio book is the abridged version.OH POO.This is where I mention that I hate abridged versions of books. Because now, I'm going to eventually have to read the real version of this book in order for me to feel that it has been read.So this review has to be taken to only refer to the abridged audio version. This annoys me greatly.Prior to this, I read [...]

    17. Joe Moody

      Norman Davies, in a little over one thousand pages, attempts a survey of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh history. He runs through a series of chapters covering the early peoples, with chapters such as, “The Midnight Isles,” The Painted Isles,” “The Frontier Isles,” “The Germanico-Celtic Isles,” “The Isles in the West,” and “The Isles of Outremer,” before “The Englished Isles” are first mentioned (1326-1603), suggesting a beginning to English dominance. Historically, [...]

    18. Sam

      This may appear to be an epic of a book (and based on its size it is) it doesn't feel that way when you're reading it. Davies begins by setting out what he aims to do, which is to give one man's view of the history of the British Isles in all its many forms. He points out that this is not an objective work and is unlikely to be considered suitable by 'academic standards' but in my opinion it is a superb start to learning the long complicated history of Britain. Davies incorporates the histories [...]

    19. Andrew Fish

      The history of one's nation is a deeply personal thing, heavily dependent on what you believe your nation is. For Norman Davies, Britain is potentially falling apart and drifting towards a future as a former group of nations in a United States of Europe. Many may agree with the former, but in the fifteen years since Davies' book was published, the antipathy toward the latter has been growing and growing louder.Davies is also of the view that the traditional Anglo-centric, Whig history of Britain [...]

    20. Aaron Debattista

      This is a book of three halves, so to speak.The early, prehistoric sections are lavished with Davies' love and attention. Despite the slightly twee imaginary place names bestowed on Britain, this section is interesting, though perhaps not quite as fascinating for most readers as it is to Davies. Roman britain gets a perfunctory treatment - to punish us you sense, for being more interested in it, than prehistoric Britain.The second section, on the time of the Angles and the Saxons and the early E [...]

    21. Lance

      I spent a couple of years in Scotland while I was in the U.S. Navy. While the Navy sucked, Scotland was great. Being over there for what was, in essence, a short time, I didn't quite get familiar with all the nuances of the culture. Some Scots would deride the "lowlanders," saying they weren't really Scots. I'd catch on the television programs that Scots were considered the "comic releif." For some reason, Cornwall and Wales considered themselves, for the most part, separate and apart from Engla [...]

    22. Mrfishscales

      Although this is ostensibly a history of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, Norman Davies ends up telling the stories of the latter three as they were affected by the history of the first. His summaries of events in Ireland in particular are brief and in frequent. Rhetorically he is telling a group history, but actually he is telling you yet another history of England, but being very clear that these were four different countries, with England merely being the dominant country of the group. H [...]

    23. Matt Brady

      An extremely thorough and comprehensive (exhaustingly so, at times) history of the British Isles and Ireland, from prehistory until the late 90s. It's a massive undertaking, and Davies acquits himself fairly well, always careful to devote equal attention to all parts of the islands, and avoid making a British history into an English history, a trap he accuses many historians of falling into. The comprehensive nature of the book, and Davies attention to detail, meant that I did find my self skimm [...]

    24. Susu

      This history of The Isles paints a broad sweep of development from early man to modern times. The history is very much dominated by English history with Scotland and Ireland in supporting roles. Apart from the historical events the author returns to the topic of naming conventions and an overview of historical works - both aspects take on a life of their own and tempt the reader to skip pages. Generally the author expects the reader to already be well versed in facts and having at least an idea [...]

    25. Candy Wood

      In more than 1000 pages, Norman Davies has provided an extremely readable account of the history and historiography of “the Isles”: England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, a collection of islands with many names and identities even though historians have tended to lump them all under “England.” In the process, he questions many long-held assumptions. For example, using original languages for names means that several hundred years’ worth of English kings sound French, which they in fact [...]

    26. Derek Simon

      An interesting approach to British history, but in some ways it fails to deliver on its promise. For starters, although it claims to be about the history of "The Isles", the primary focus is definitely English history, with the history of Wales, Scotland and Ireland largely subordinated and rarely drawn in much more than is required to explain how they affected English history. Second, it rambles. For the first part of the book, he string together events in some way that obviously makes sense in [...]

    27. Howard White

      A great idea--taking the history of England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, aka "The Isles"--as a single, comprehensive history from the Bronze Age to the late 20th century. Unfortunately, Davies, the author, can't wrestle the vast historic scope and storyline into a cogent, well-written whole. About 500 pages in, my interest flagged, the victim of too many timelines, too many rulers (minor and major), and too many unpronounceable Welsh and Irish names. With the help of a good editor, this could [...]

    28. Tara

      Instead of being a straight-forward telling of history this read more like a very, very long thesis paper of what made the British Isles the British Isles. Many aspects were glossed over, including much of Elizabeth I's reign. It was interesting because of the way he included the history of Ireland, Wales and Scotland, as individual countries before becoming part of the whole, and then he still gave them separate sections. However, I didn't like that there wasn't a straight history of the Isles. [...]

    29. Czarny Pies

      I am a big fan of Davies and regret that he wasted his time with this dubious project. This format is somewhat unusual. English language historians often write the history of other European countries by drawing parallels to British history. Instead Davies writes the history of the Isles through parallels to Poland. Strangely enough he makes this curious piece of legerdemain work.The problem is that Davies makes some loopy decisions as to what to include in his book. The growth of labour unions, [...]

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