Nd fell at the same time In his campaigns Pilsudki commanded in a very competent fashion never taking greater risks that the relative strengths of his army and the Russian army warranted 4 Myth 4 The French volunteer officers who served with the Poles at the Battle of Warsaw were responsible for the Poliish Victory In fact De Gaulle Weygand and the other French volunteers never made any such claim for themselves and lauded Pilsudski as the mastermind of the Victory 5 Myth 5 The revival of Polish State was the result of Woodrow Wilson s octrine of the self Lego DC Super Heroes determination of nations The reality is Treaty of Versaillesid not allocate any territory to Poland that was not being occupied by Pilsudki s army In fact under the Treaty of Versailles the Poles were forced to conduct a referendum in Silesia which ultimately forced them to return most of Silesia to GermanyIn Davies view Poland was recreated solely because Pilsudski and his soldiers successfully fought for it They got no significant help and much hostility from the WestWhite Eagle Red Star is an absolutely essential book for anyone wishing to understand today s Poland and is a great read for World I history buffs 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 there were still huge cavalry engagement between Poles and Russians Ironically tanks and aircraft were also involved in the fighting Often times many assume the post WWI map of Europe was purely the result of the Versailles Treaty but there were many ongoing smaller wars in Eastern Europe by these new born states that changed truth on the ground and adjusted boundaries For example had this war ended 6 months earlier than it id Vilnius would have been a Polish town instead of the capital of LithuaniaThis book was particularly strong handling the of the capital of LithuaniaThis book was particularly strong handling the
aspects of the war between Russia and Poland but it also added insights about how the French and British of the war between Russia and Poland but it also added insights about how the French and British iplomatically Their support for Poland was not uneuivocal Also the author s strategic analysis was insightful but he was confusing on the tactical operational aspectsThe author concludes that had Poland lost the war that would have greatly affected future history of Europe as Russia would have rolled over Europe I think that is a bit of a stretch as the Russians weary from war needed to consolidate within the former Russian hinterland This book was published in 1972 so he might have found Renaissance Emerge Series differently if written after the collapse of the USSR Remember pepole POLAND WAS POWERFUL FOR CENTURIES and even after anduring partitions and world wars POLAND saved Western Europe From Tatars Turks and in 1920 Lenin s global ambitions Just saying A good well written if unfortunately slightly out of Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power 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 illocumented conflict Excellent From a Whisper to a Shout doctoralissertation written in the early 1970s by the now top Polish historian writing in English It has all the problems of a Alt 10 Retrospect Prospect dissertation but one can see even at that early stage the strength of Davies as a writer and historian Heissects the events and personalities and examines them under a microscope One should have some background in the time period because Davies assumes a great eal knowledge on the part of the reader This is a wonderful book about Polish heritage and sacrifice 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 the rebirth of Poland the interests and limited influence of the Western Allies in regard to Communism and the objectives of International Communism While the results of this war changed the Communist view of international revolution it was merely the first step toward Polish independence which took another 70 years. 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.
Norman Davies ↠ 4 Free readI m oing a presentation on this war for my tenth grade European history class and this book proved very helpful I Celtic Plant Magic: A Workbook for Alchemical Sex Rituals 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 stronglyownplayed 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 Reading Contemporary African American Literature 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 isuly 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 Southern African Literature: An Introduction 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 whoon 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 Happy Alchemy: On the Pleasures of Music and the Theatre dialectical materialism is now taught at the schools of Cracow Prague Berlin whose pupilsemonstrate to a classless society the sanctity and truth of the revelations of Marx and LeninThe battle of Warsaw far from redeeming an era id 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 ifferences 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 Gem is Mine but Heart is Yours 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 bookoesn 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 American Africans in Ghana Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture 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 thisecision is also forgotten in this book White Eagle Red Star The Polish Soviet War 1919 20 by Norman Davies An energetic conduct of war strengthens th I m really not all that impressed with this book
However it also happens to be the only book that I know ofit also happens to be the only book that I know of BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 16 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 16: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) deals with the entire Polish Soviet War of 1919 1921 which makes it byefault a must have book for anyone who wants to know about it The writing is somewhat My Hero Academia dryOne thing many history authors like too is use a French term here and there without explaining what the term means I ve read and looked up enough of these terms over the years to understand them whenever I see them Mr Davies takes it to a Gotham Academy, Volume 3: Yearbook different level though He ll occasionally use entire French sentences. In White Eagle Red Staristinguished historian Norman Davies gives us a full account of the Polish Soviet War with its ramatic climax in August 1920 when the Red Army sure. .
And not bother to give the reader a translation It happened enough that after a while I would just skip over themAmong all military history books I ve read this ranks in the lower third but since the book is so uniue I feel a need to have a copy of it because there is alternativeI am editing this review to note that writing the review I ve read another title on this subject called Warsaw 1920 by Adam Zamoyski While not ideal it is a better read than White Eagle Red Star Competent telling of the Russo Polish war of 191920 A little too much military etail and poor maps let it own somewhat in my view It reads and feels like a graduate thesis rather than a book for the general readerPlucky Poland gives the Red Army a bloody nose in a strange war that both sides blunder into and flail about in A war of sweeping advance strategic overreach and ramatic retreat featuring the last major cavalry exchanges on European soil A battle for survival for Poland one that had soil A battle for survival for Poland one that had be won and was Victory saved Poland for a generation yet led to the The Devil’s Historians How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past dictatorship of Pilsudski and engendered an inflated sense of securityPoland was left alone to manage whilst the French and British looked the other way all the time making vague noises of encouragement A kind of White Eagle Red Star is one of four books written by Norman Davies thathaveramatically 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
He then The African American Odyssey Volume 2 defended it a communist invasion from RussiaPilsudski is venerated in Poland as the founder of the modern state In the west he has been accorded scant respect and wrongly accused of many sins that he was entirely innocent of Pilsudki was born into a minor noble family in was now part of Lithuania He started his career as a communist where he showed a greateal of skill providing funds for the Russian communist party by robbing trains Unfortunately he was close enough to Lenin s brother that when an assassination attempt was made on the Tsar Pilsudski was sentenced to five years of internment in SiberiaAfter his internment Pilsudski organized a regiment that fought int he Austrian army on the Eastern Front Pilsudski was no longer a communist by this point but he retained resolutely socialist and atheistic ideas all his life which was uite unusual for a Polish nobleman Pilsudski had come to the conclusion that a common front of Poles from the entire political spectrum was needed to recreate Poland When Austria surrendered Germany asked him to swear allegiance to the Kaiser and join the fight against Russia When Pilsudsk refused he was jailed However he was released several months later when Germany surrendered In a startling manoeuvre he persuaded the Germans to give him the weapons from their arsenal in the city where he was jailed The Germans agreed and within ays Pilsudki had an army with which to carve out a state in the territories of the three occupying powers that had just fallenPilsudski had seized most of the Ukraine before the Russians counter attacked in early 1920 The Russians wanted to first subdue Poland and then continue riving West so as to link up with the communists who had begun insurrections in Germany However in August 1920 the Russians were stopped at Warsaw in a battle that the Poles refer to as the Miracle on the Vistula Pilsudski than launched a counteroffensive which in turn stalled in the Ukraine At this point the Russians and Poles signed a treaty to end their war and which settled their boundaries until WWIIIn this remarkable book Davies Hardcore physical child abuse demolishes several mythes about Pilsudki notably 1 Myth 1 Pilsudski as a fascist The reality was that Pilsudskiid rule as a autocrat but his political agenda was socialist He staunchly Handbook of Agricultural Entomology defended Poland s Jewish population through out his life 2 Myth 2 Pilsudski was pro German The reality was that Pilsudski believed that in the long term Russia was a bigger threat to Poland s independence than Germany and thus he made opportunisticeals with the Germans 3 Myth 3 Pilsudski was an irresponsible adventurer The truth is that Pilsudski was opportunistic and very lucky that the regimes of all three powers occupying Pola. Of victory and pledged to carry the Revolution across Europe was crushed by a evastating Polish attack Since known as “The Miracle of the Vistula” it remains one of the. .Russia He Then Defended It