The History of Half-Forgotten Europe
My forty years in the writer's trade were marked by the publication of "Vanished Kingdoms". In many ways, it is my best book – wide-ranging, innovative in both form and content, and very solidly edited; but the latter stages of its production caused me more headaches than the preceding four decades.read more
SELECTED CHAPTERS OF "VANISHED KINGDOMS”
Rewiew - "Vanished Kingdoms"
"(...) According to Davies, all nation states and empires, however great, flourish for a season and are replaced. "The paths of glory lead but to the grave": he quotes Gray's "Elegy" on the subject. Rather than offer yet another history of a great power, Davies has chosen to concentrate on half-remembered but no less great nations and the manner of their demise. As well as a fascinating record, Vanished Kingdoms is intended as a riposte to British deprecations of "Ruritanian" outposts and the perceived inferior cultures of Eastern Europe."more