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Norman Davies Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Prof. Norman Davies, (born on 8 June 1939)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since June 2005.
Resolution of the Council of the Capital City of Warsaw No. LV/1476/2005 of 16 June 2005.

British historian of Welsh descent, Professor at the University of London, author of works on the subject of history of Europe, Poland and the British Isles.
He studied history at the University of Oxford, in Grenoble, Perugia and at the University of Sussex. He got a Ph.D. in 1973 from the Jagiellonian University, where he prepared his doctoral dissertation on the subject of the Polish-Bolshevik War titled: “Orzeł biały – czerwona gwiazda, Wojna polsko-sowiecka 1919-1920” [White Eagle, Red Star; The Polish-Soviet War 1919-1920],
Since 1971 a lecturer, and since 1985 a full Professor at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London and a member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kraków.
He is among others the author of such historical works as: “God’s Playground” and “the Heart of Europe”, describing the history of Poland, “Europe”, a book on the whole of Europe, in which the history of Poland, Hungary, Czech and many other countries, for years treated as backward or even barbaric, was described on equal terms with the history of France, Germany, England and Russia, and also “Microcosm”, on the history of Wrocław. In 2003 he published in Great Britain the long-awaited work devoted to the Warsaw Uprising, entitled “Rising’44”. Already, by the time of publishing, the book caused many controversies and whetted the appetite of readers awaiting the Polish version of the work. On 1 August 2004 at 5.00 PM the sale of Rising’44 was launched in Poland. The first 30 thousand of the edition was sold within 24 hours. On 31 July 2005. Professor Norman Davies received the title of the honorary member of the Association of Warsaw Insurgents.
With his texts and his fight for historical truth he gained recognition from the Poles. He is a Doctor honoris causa of the University of Gdańsk and the Jagiellonian University, an honorary citizen of Kraków, Lublin and Wrocław; he received the Grand Award of “Fundacja Kultury” (“Cultural Foundation “) and the Order of “Polonia Restituta”.