Order of the White Eagle, Poland

Monday, 12 November 2012
On 11th November of 2012, during the National Independence Day celebrations, president Bronisław Komorowski handed the Order of the White Eagle. The Professor was awarded for his unique service to the Republic of Poland, in particular for popularising knowledge about Poland and its culture, shaping a positive image of Poland in Europe and  the world and his support of the process of democratisation of Poland.

During the decoration president Komorowski justified bestowing Norman Davies with the Order in the following way:
- There is nothing better for Polish people than to know how others perceive us, how they look upon us and judge us, because we are an ambitious nation and want to look our best, both in our own eyes and in the eyes of others. He added that the professor not only tells the difficult history of Poland in a unique way, but also teaches us to appreciate our own independence and merits.