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In White Eagle Red Star distinguished historian Norman Davies gives us a full account of the Polish Soviet War with its dramatic climax in August 1920 when the Red Army sure. I m doing a presentation on this war for my tenth grade European history class and this book proved very helpful I didn t know beans about this war and only came across it in some reference bookThis is a reasonably well written book that teases out a forgotten but interesting chapter of 20th century history The author s prose is robust and he takes pains to uote from primary sources I also like his weaving the writings of Isaac Babel into the narrative as I believe that it brings a sense of color that helps moves things alongThe book is not limited to a Polish viewpoint Instead it takes pains to show the Russian point of view as well as that of the Entente The reference points in English and French politics are particularly revealing The Battle of Warsaw is strongly downplayed by the author who holds that the Polish victory was a fact of Tukhachevskii and Budyenny outrunning their supply lines than anything Pilsudski contrived It does put to rest the tired belief that General Weygand was the architect of the Polish triumph his role was a complete fabrication and it is duly exposed as suchThe only things that would have made this book better include information from the USSR that is now available and wasn t when this book debuted in 1972 I think there is much to be mined from that source which would clear up many of the mysteries that persist Additionally and I can t stress this enough history writers particularly UK history writers have to stop assuming that the average reader has an idiomatic grasp of the French language My schoolboy French is enough to puzzle out the meaning but for those who don t parlez they can t even get the benefit of a footnote with the English text If I wanted to read it in French I would have bought a French translationEven so there s failuresOn page 265 the author writes To paraphrase Gibbon the interpretation of dialectical materialism is now taught at the schools of Cracow Prague and Berlin whose pupils demonstrate to a classless society the sanctity and truth of the revelations of Marx Engels and LeninThe battle of Warsaw far from redeeming an era did not so much as save a generationWell never there was the existanceof a classless society in any time or place of human historySocialism is far full of class differences than any capitalismIn 1985 the life was beter in a Banana republic such as Panama than in still existing Soviet UnionThis book was writen when the Iron Courtain was still existing but since 1989 the eastern Europe s reality is another thingAlso was the Soviets true intention in waging war on Poland to eventually attack Germany and spread the Revolution westwards The Bolsheviks peasant army did not have the capability for such an invasion That s why they were so uick to make peace with Poland even though it cost them a foothold in Galicia which in Lenin s own words could have opened up a straight road of revolutionto Czechoslovakia and Hungary Lenin actually believed that Pilsudski s Poland had been built up by the Western powers as a tool against Russia The maps of this book are all weak All of them are in Black whiteThe last problem of this book doesn t shows the American British and German support to Soviet UnionThe Warburgs Rockefellersetc were at Lenin s side at that timesWhen focusing the fact that this war didn t liberate Ukraine this book simple forgotten that the small Poland was basically alone in this war while the massive and big Soviet Union had some of the most rich and powerfull eugenicists people in the world at his sideMany of them americans such as RockefellerThe Soviet support to Nazis in Germany and the result of this decision is also forgotten in this book

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White Eagle Red Star The Polish Soviet War 1919 20

Most crucial conflicts of the Western world Drawing on both Polish and Russian sources Norman Davies shows how this war was a pivotal event in the course of European history. Excellent doctoral dissertation written in the early 1970s by the now top Polish historian writing in English It has all the problems of a dissertation but one can see even at that early stage the strength of Davies as a writer and historian He dissects the events and personalities and examines them under a microscope One should have some background in the time period because Davies assumes a great deal knowledge on the part of the reader This is a wonderful book about Polish heritage and sacrifice

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Of victory and pledged to carry the Revolution across Europe was crushed by a devastating Polish attack Since known as “The Miracle of the Vistula” it remains one of the. A good well written if unfortunately slightly out of date history of the Polish Soviet 1919 1922 war The book s main failing lies in not providing enough background information about peripherally mentioned yet crucial figures such as Peter Wrangel Semeon Petlura etc It is however well researched its conclusions are solidly backed up and the maps photographs and other supporting materials allow the reader to easily keep an overview of an otherwise obscure and ill documented conflict


10 thoughts on “White Eagle Red Star The Polish Soviet War 1919 20

  1. says:

    Remember pepole POLAND WAS POWERFUL FOR CENTURIES and even after and during partitions and world wars POLAND saved Western Europe From Tatars Turks and in 1920 Lenin's global ambitions Just saying;

  2. says:

    Competent telling of the Russo Polish war of 191920 A little too much military detail and poor maps let it down somewhat in my view It reads and feels like a graduate thesis rather than a book for the general readerPlucky

  3. says:

    I'm doing a presentation on this war for my tenth grade European history class and this book proved very helpful I didn't know beans about this war and only came across it in some reference bookThis is a reasonably well written book that teases out a forgotten but interesting chapter of 20th century history The

  4. says:

    A good well written if unfortunately slightly out of date history of the Polish Soviet 1919 1922 war The book's main failing lies in not providing enough background information about peripherally mentioned yet crucial figures such as Peter Wrangel Semeon Petlura etc It is however well researched its conclusions are solidly backed up and the maps photographs and other supporting materials allow the reader to easily keep an overview of an

  5. says:

    White Eagle Red Star is one of four books written by Norman Davies thathave dramatically altered the way Westerners and Poles have come to view the history of Poland The other three are God's Playground Rising 44 and Microcosm This succinct volume tells how Josef Pilsudki recreated Poland after 125 years in which it had been partitioned between Austria Germany and Russia He then defended it against a communi

  6. says:

    White Eagle – Red Star The Polish Soviet War 1919 20 by Norman Davies“An energetic conduct of war strengthens the national character; by contrast wars conducted over a long time and lamely entail the greatest material

  7. says:

    Excellent doctoral dissertation written in the early 1970s by the now top Polish historian writing in English It has all the problems of a dissertation but one can see even at that early stage the strength of Davies as a writer and historian He dissects the events and personalities and examines them under a microscope One should have some background in the time period because Davies assumes a great deal knowledge on the part of th

  8. says:

    This is the history of a little known war between the new Soviet state and the first free Poland state in several centuries Unlike WWI in the West this was a war of movement rather than static trench warfare This was a peculiar war in which the

  9. says:

    I'm really not all that impressed with this book However it also happens to be the only book that I know of that deals with the entir

  10. says:

    A well written and balanced history of the Polish Russian war of 1919 20 Davies' presents the conflict clearly while establishing the political and social context of post WWI Eastern Europe Russia going through its Civil War

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