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Norman Davies is innocent

The historian Norman Davies is attacked for being "rightwing" and "anti-Semitic." His only crime is to contest the Allied Scheme of History

By Anne Applebaum   July 1997

As a student in the US my introduction to European history began with a line. The continent of Europe lay stretched out over a blackboard; the lecturer drew an imaginary line down the centre. Empires shifted, he explained, but this line had remained the same. To the west of it lay the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the “progressive” great powers, and what we learned during the cold war to call “the west.” To the east lay barbarism, feudal states, Russia and Austro-Hungary, and what was then known as “the communist bloc.”

The lecturer explained that the division of…

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