Professor Norman Davies

Professor Norman Davies

Norman Davies
Honorary Fellow
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Professor Norman Davies CMG, FBA, FLSW, FRSL, FRHistS etc has been an Honorary Fellow of St.Antony's since 2011.  He is a Professor Emeritus of UCL-SSEES, an honorary fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge and a life member of Peterhouse.  Until 2012, he was UNESCO Professor at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow.  He has received many honorary doctorates, is an honorary citizen of four Polish cities, and in 2012 was granted Poland's highest award, membership of the Order of the White Eagle.  He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford (MA), the University of Sussex (MA) and UJ Krakow (PhD).

Professor Davies's association with St.Antony's College goes back to 1969, when he was tutored by the late Harry Willetts. In 1970-72, he was one of the very first Alistair Horne Research Fellows, and remained a Senior Associate Member for over three decades. He returned as a Visiting Fellow in 2008-9, since when he has been a member of the Russian and Eurasian Center. In 2012, through his connection with the philanthropist, Dr,Leszek Czarnecki, he initiated the College's Programme on Modern Poland.

Norman Davies is a well known writer, broadcaster commentator, and traveller. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia, McGill, Hokkaido, Stanford, Harvard, Adelaide, ANU (Canberra), and Tasmania. In 2012, he embarked on a world tour, which took him to a score of countries and forms the basis of his forthcoming book, provisionally entitled History Round the Globe (Penguin).

Earlier publications in English include:  White Eagle, Red Star: the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-20 (1972), God' Playground: a History of Poland (OUP, 1981),  Heart of Europe: the Past in Poland's Present (OUP, 1984),  Europe: a History, (the Oxford History of Europe, OUP, 1996),  The Isles: a History (1999), Microcosm: Portrait of a Central Europe City, on Wroclaw/Breslau in conjunction with Roger Moorhouse (2000),  Rising '44: the Battle for Warsaw, (2003), Europe East and West: Collected Essays (2006), Europe at War, 1939-45 (2006), published in the USA as No Simple Victory (2007), and Vanished Kingdoms: the History of Half-forgotten Europe (2013).

In 2015, Professor Davies is to receive an Honorary D.Lit from UCL.