Europe: A History (Paperback)
Here is a masterpiece of historical narrative that stretches from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age, as it tells the story of Europe, East and West. Norman Davies captures it all-the rise and fall of Rome, the sweeping invasions of Alaric and Atilla, the Norman Conquests, the Papal struggles for power, the Renaissance and the Reformation, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Europe's rise to become the powerhouse of the world, and its eclipse in our own century, following two devastating World Wars. This is the first major history of Europe to give equal weight to both East and West, and it shines light on fascinating minority communities, from heretics and lepers to Gypsies, Jews, and Muslims. It also takes an innovative approach, combining traditional narrative with unique features that help bring history alive: 299 time capsules scattered through the narrative capture telling aspects of an era. 12 -snapshots offer a panoramic look at all of Europe at a particular moment in history. Full coverage of Eastern Europe--100 maps and diagrams, 72 black-and-white plates.All told, Davies''s Europe represents one of the most important and illuminating histories to be published in recent years.
About the Author
Captain Witold Pilecki (1901-1948), Polish Army Officer and resistance leader, volunteered for secret undercover mission as a prisoner at Auschwitz to smuggle out intelligence and build resistance organization among the prisoners. Succeeded in mission, survived nearly three years before escaping Auschwitz. Fought in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, ended war as German POW. In late 1945, he volunteered for another undercover mission into Poland to liaise with anti-communist resistance groups. Captured and executed in 1948 as a "Western spy" by the post-war communist Polish government, Pilecki was fully exonerated in 1990 after the fall of communism.