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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We want to express our thanks to TVP and TVN broadcasters, Kronenberg Foundation, "Kronika” Film Studio, "Kalejdoskop”  Film Studio and all the people involved for their understanding and sharing the film materials for this section.


Wrocław – names of the city - excerpt

Monday, 11 March 2013

Title: Wrocław – names of the city
Director:  Krzysztof Wierzbicki
Production: Kronika Film Studio; TVP 2002

Film "Wrocław – names of the city" is a look from distance, from a historian’s perspective on the history of the city which always has been a melting pot of nationalities, cultures and religions. Norman Davies talks about the city’s history, reminds the tragedies brought upon present capital of Lower Silesia by the Nazi and later soviet totalitarian systems. Yet in the same time he emphasises the unique and extraordinary contribution of the inhabitants of Wrocław into world’s scientific, cultural and artistic heritage.

…(historian) should be able to look from a distance at the object of his/ her research. You mustn’t be too close, too emotionally involved. Therefore I will look at Wrocław from certain height… – Norman Davies.

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