About author
A historian, a writer, an authority on Central and Eastern Europe, a music buff, a collector, a true Renaissance Man - Prof. Norman Davies is an outstanding academic respected worldwide for his many books about history. He is also an organiser and a participant of many initiatives and debates, often addressing the most critical questions affecting today’s world. At the same time he is a very warm and approachable person. Want to know more? Watch this space!

Prof. Norman Davies has received many prestigious honours for his academic work, including honorary doctorates and honorary citizenships. In particular, he has received state honours from Queen Elizabeth II and the President of Poland. However he is also much respected for his active and long-standing involvement in diverse projects or initiatives which extend considerably beyond the confines of formal academia.

Books are not everything - there are now many different ways in which knowledge can and should be imparted, thereby creating a rich collection of complementary sources. We therefore invite you to visit our ever expanding multimedia library of highly interesting films, pictures, and articles.

Pictures have become an integral part of the way we document our history - for ourselves, for others, for posterity, or simply out of pure enjoyment. This website shows the book covers of Norman Davies’s published works, but also some of the most interesting photographs from his private albums. 

History is, of course, Norman Davies’s foremost passion, but he has always pursued other interests with equal energy, particularly artistic and musical ones. He is a true Renaissance Man: in his free time he enjoys collecting  old postcards, reads poetry (especially that of Dante Alighieri), likes to relax by playing the accordion, avidly watches snooker games (his father, Richard Davies, was a particularly gifted amateur player who won numerous prizes), and he is an ardent, lifelong supporter of Bolton Wanderers football team. His frequent travels around the world, as an author and an academic, provide him with the opportunity to discover more for himself about the people and places he visits. 

Very often we ourselves are the best biographers, and our most honest critics – are those closest to us. Prof. Davies’s family and friends are an important part of his life. So we let them speak freely and candidly about him in the book  "70. A Birthday Book for Norman Davies".



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Professor Norman Davies devotes as much attention to history as to matters important for the contemporary world. In 2012 during the 3rd Wrocław Global Forum he led the debate which aimed to answer the question whether in the era of crises Europe needs new Europeans. Are we able to create a vision that would answer the needs of contemporary men? Professors Brendan Simms (historian, Cambridge University), John Martin (Philosopher and medical doctor, University College London and Yale University),  Jan Zielonka (political scientist, Oxford University) and Leszek Czarnecki (economist, chairman of the supervisory board of Getin Holding S.A.) also took part in the debate.
                                                                           photo by: Paweł Kozioł

More information about the debate:
http://www.wgf2012.eu/media/Norman_Davies_zaprasza_do_dyskusji_o_Nowych_Europejczykach.pdf (in Polish)

http://wroclawdebates.eu (English website)

Professor Davies is also active in "St. Antony’s College Oxford Noble Foundation”, the organization founded in October 2012. Its goal is to promote the idea of creating Programme on Modern Poland at Oxford University as well as to involve the intellectual and business circles into supporting this program. Norman Davies is sort of godfather of this project – it was he who pointed at the weakening knowledge of Poland outside its borders and small number of studies devoted to Poland at Western universities. The interdisciplinary study for foreigners, created at the Oxford University is a chance to change this tendency.

The website of the Foundation: