Penguin Book

Vanished Kingdoms

Norman Davies

A magical history, bringing back to life the forgotten parts of Europe which were once the major states of their time.

That 'the past is a foreign country' has become a truism. Europe's past is littered with kingdoms, empires and republics which no longer exist but which in their time formed important pieces in the historical kaleidoscope. This book shows the reader how to peer through the cracks of mainstream history-writing, and to catch a glimpse of 'the Empire of Aragon', of the 'Five, Six or Seven Kingdoms of Burgundy', or of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which once was Europe's largest state.

All the chapters consist of three parts. Each of the opening sections presents a contemporary sketch - of Russian Kaliningrad, for example, formerly Koenigsberg, Prussia's first capital. The second sections tell the story of the vanished realm - of Prussia, Galicia, Montenegro or Saxe-Coburg Gotha. And the final sections offer reflections on remembrance, historiography, or the shortcomings of historical information. The author closes with an essay on 'How States Die'.

Professor Norman Davies is the author of the prize-winning history of Poland, God's Playground (1981) and the number 1 bestseller Europe: A History (OUP, 1996). Professor Davies was awarded the CMG in 2001 for 'services to history', and has collected several Polish distinctions including the Order of Merit.

Publication date
  • History
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
32 pages colour
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