White Eagle, Red Star : The Polish-Soviet War, 1919-20, Paperback

White Eagle, Red Star : The Polish-Soviet War, 1919-20 Paperback

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Surprisingly little known, the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-20 was to change the course of twentieth-century history.

In White Eagle, Red Star, Norman Davies gives a full account of the War, with its dramatic climax in August 1920 when the Red Army - sure of victory and pledged to carry the Revolution across Europe to 'water our horses on the Rhine' - was crushed by a devastating Polish attack.

Since known as the 'miracle on the Vistula', it remains one of the most decisive battles of the Western world.

Drawing on both Polish and Russian sources, Norman Davies illustrates the narrative with documentary material which hitherto has not been readily available and shows how the War was far more an 'episode' in East European affairs, but largely determined the course of European history for the next twenty years or more.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 8
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780712606943



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Norman Davies' White Eagle, Red Star is still the definitive work on the Polish-Soviet War and it shows: expertly researched and well-written, Davies covers every angle of the war, from the Polish side to the Soviets and the reactions to the Poles' victory in Western Europe and Germany. A little-known period of history is brought to life, and with it, the consequences of that Miracle on the Vistula for all of Europe. As A. J. P. Taylor wrote in the book's forward, this book "is a permanent contribution to historical knowledge and international understanding."

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