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    Posted: 06-Nov-2006 at 11:35
    I know there are many poles in this forum, so I am asking them for some good literature about Comonwelth. I am planning to write a huge report (about 40 pages) in university, but I cant find anything in our local library (I am from Latvia) because I dont know what to look for. These books better be in english, russian. Please help.
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  Quote Mosquito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Nov-2006 at 13:52
Originally posted by milns

    I know there are many poles in this forum, so I am asking them for some good literature about Comonwelth. I am planning to write a huge report (about 40 pages) in university, but I cant find anything in our local library (I am from Latvia) because I dont know what to look for. These books better be in english, russian. Please help.
 
 
Norman Davies wrote a big history of Poland and it is probably the easiest one to get because last years he is a very popular historian.
Its title is: Gods Playground: a history of Poland.
 
I think it is better to use this book than Russian, German or Polish which are usually pro-rusian, pro-german or pro-polish. And like for a Brit he did really good job.
 
"I am a pure-blooded Polish nobleman, without a single drop of bad blood, certainly not German blood" - Friedrich Nietzsche
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  Quote Mosquito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Nov-2006 at 13:54
BTW - i would also recommend his "Europe: a history" which is probably the best book about history of Europe ever written. Many historians consider it controversial but there are few books which describe so many aspect of Europe's history and european civilisation

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Hi milns !
I saw (and read) the very thick book "Lithuanian History" by Edvardus Gudavichus in "Polaris" book-shop in Riga. It is very intersting material. But of course pro-lithuanian, as Masquito said Wink But there are a lot of facts, I did't hear before.
 
P.S. It was not to expensive Wink
BTW.  Norman Davies love Poland Wink He call Poland - "heart of Europe". I think he is a little-bit pro-polish LOL But IMHO, it is impossible to be fully independent Smile
 


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I love Latvia, I used to live there for 2 years because my father works for the British Council. Riga is a beautiful city and it's great to see how much an ex-soviet country can progress.
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  Quote TheDiplomat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Nov-2006 at 12:00
Originally posted by Earl Aster

I love Latvia, I used to live there for 2 years because my father works for the British Council. Riga is a beautiful city and it's great to see how much an ex-soviet country can progress.


I love Latvia too..But I cant say I liked Riga very much...It reminds me Moscow too much..when I go to this city, i hear Russian words often, i listen to  Russian music being played in subways, i read Russian letters everywhere, and i see Russian girls who wear very sexy despite the cold weatherBig smile

I live in Valmiera, which is absolutely much Latvian
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  Quote Mosquito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Nov-2006 at 15:58
Originally posted by John Lenon

BTW.  Norman Davies love Poland Wink He call Poland - "heart of Europe". I think he is a little-bit pro-polish LOL But IMHO, it is impossible to be fully independent Smile
 
 
Bah, there are Polish historians who say that everything what Davies writes is crap and that he is anti - Polish.
 
Imho when he started to write about Polish history he felt in love to Poland. But usually he is trying to be impartial.
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  Quote Aster Thrax Eupator Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Nov-2006 at 12:44
Coming from what I remember about Latvia, I can't really see why people think that it is so Russian- I went to both countries and to an outsider- their cultures seemed very different.
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  Quote ataman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Nov-2006 at 11:29
Apart from Davies, I can recommend you 2 authors who write in English about Polish history (cultural and military one):
- Robert I. Frost
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  Quote TheDiplomat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Nov-2006 at 13:13
Originally posted by Mosquito

 Norman Davies wrote a big history of Poland and it is probably the easiest one to get because last years he is a very popular historian.
Its title is: Gods Playground: a history of Poland.
 
I think it is better to use this book than Russian, German or Polish which are usually pro-rusian, pro-german or pro-polish. And like for a Brit he did really good job.


Dude, after reading your message, I checked the book on Polish history in the library of this small university is tvery small Latvia, and the author was Norman Davies. The guy must be a real authority on the Polish history


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Gudivičius pro-lithuanian? I thought he is very cosmopolitan historian...
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