Jennifer's Reviews > Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

Vanished Kingdoms by Norman Davies
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Aug 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: history, research, tbr-challenge
Read from June 30 to August 02, 2012

This is not a fast read, and yet Norman Davies's wide-ranging look at nations and kingdoms of Europe which have vanished--and often been forgotten--is almost always interesting, with bolts of dry humor to illuminate the facts. He covers states from the years just after the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of the last century. And the insight into what makes a country disappear is relevant even today. I'll be watching to see if any of his predictions for the next few decades come to pass.

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