Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations

Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations

Norman Davies


An evocative account of fourteen ecu kingdoms-their upward push, adulthood, and eventual disappearance.

There is anything profoundly romantic approximately misplaced civilizations. Europe's previous is affected by states and kingdoms, huge and small, which are scarcely remembered this present day, and whereas their names should be unfamiliar-Aragon, Etruria, the dominion of the 2 Burgundies-their tales should still switch our psychological map of the prior. We encounter forgotten characters and recognized ones-King Arthur and Macbeth, Napoleon and Queen Victoria, correct as much as Stalin and Gorbachev-and realize how defective reminiscence should be, and what sort of we will be able to glean from those misplaced empires. Davies friends in the course of the cracks within the mainstream bills of modern day states to dazzle us with striking tales of slightly remembered pasts, and of the strains they left behind.

This is Norman Davies at his top: sweeping narrative heritage packed with unforeseen insights. Vanished Kingdoms will entice all enthusiasts of unconventional and thought-provoking heritage, from readers of Niall Ferguson to Jared Diamond.

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