Norman Davies Keynote Speaker

  • Iconoclastic historian of Europe
  • Number 1 best-selling author
  • Commentator on the Eurozone crisis in the mainstream media

Norman Davies's Biography

Norman Davies is a legendary historian of Europe, particularly Central and Eastern Europe, known for his readiness to challenge orthodox historical narratives.

His academic career has centred around the School of Slavonic Studies, University of London, where he was successively Lecturer, Reader and Professor. A quarter of a century in London was supplemented by regular assignments abroad at Columbia, McGill, Hokkaido, Stanford, Harvard, Adelaide and the ANU in Canberra. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1997.

Norman first emerged as a historical author with White Eagle, Red Star (1972) and soon found his way into radio and later TV via the BBC World Service, to which he made contributions relating to current affairs in the Soviet Block.

Norman has written a host of acclaimed books. They include: “God’s Playground” (1981); “Europe: A History” (1996), which became a Number 1 best-seller in Britain; “The Isles: A History” (1999); “Microcosm” (2000), written with Roger Moorhouse; “Rising ‘44” (2003); and “Europe At War” (2006), a controversial re-examination of the Second World War. His latest book, published in 2012, is “Vanishing Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations”.

Over the years, Norman has received many honours. He was awarded the CMG in 2001 for ‘services to history’, and has collected several Polish distinctions including the Order of Merit. He is an honorary citizen of several cities, including Wroclaw, and the holder of numerous honorary degrees, most recently a D. Litt from Sussex University.

Read More

Videos of Norman Davies

Heart of Europe (2012)
Heart of Europe (2012)
Interviewed by Mel Cooper (2011)
Interviewed by Mel Cooper (2011)

Check Norman Davies's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…

    Close

    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    Discover other speakers

    Daisy Rogers Speaker
    Exclusive
    Daisy Rogers
    Professional artist, writer, creative director, Founder of Liberally and speaker on diversity
    David Lough Speaker
    Exclusive
    David Lough
    Historian, Author and Broadcaster
    Robyn Kanner speaker
    Robyn Kanner Speaker
    Exclusive
    Robyn Kanner
    Senior Creative Director of the Biden/Harris Presidential Campaign
    Jeff Benedict Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jeff Benedict
    Best-Selling Author & Special Features Writer, Sports Illustrated
    Joel Salatin Speaker
    Exclusive
    Joel Salatin
    Sustainability & Food Policy Expert
    Jane Green Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jane Green
    New York Times Best-Selling Author and TV and Radio Contributor
    Georgina Godwin Speaker
    Exclusive
    Georgina Godwin
    Accomplished Speaker on geopolitics and skilled moderator
    Francis Wolff Speaker
    Exclusive
    Francis Wolff
    French Philosopher and Author
    Tahmima Anam Speaker
    Exclusive
    Tahmima Anam
    Anthropologist and author
    David Wengrow headshot
    David Wengrow Speaker
    Exclusive
    David Wengrow
    British Archaeologist and Author of New York Times Bestseller, The Dawn of Everything