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Where have the people in any particular place actually come from? What are the historical complexities in any particular place? This evocative historical journey around the world shows us.
Norman Davies was for many years a professor at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London University. He is the author of the acclaimed Vanished Kingdoms and the number one bestseller Europe- A History. His previous books, which include Rising '44, The Isles- A Historyand God's Playground- A History of Poland, have been translated worldwide. He has researched at universities from Harvard to Hokkaido, and is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, and a visiting scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
If you are someone, or know someone, who is romanced by stamps, or maps, or names, or journeys, or plaques - someone whose head is always popping up from the papers or a Radio 4 documentary with the words "did you know?" then I recommend this book to you. I loved it. It deserves a shelf of its own -- David Aaronovitch * The Times * A rich, thought-stirring and deeply engaging blend of travelogue, memoir and historical investigation -- John Gray * New Statesman * A performance that resists easy compartmentalisation ... This is clever and informative entertainment. -- Joad Raymond * BBC History Magazine *