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London Observed: A Polish Philosopher at Large, 1822-24
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London Observed: A Polish Philosopher at Large, 1822-24 (Paperback)

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The philosopher and writer Krystin Lach-Szyrma came to Britain in 1820 as tutor to two Polish princes, as their Grand Tour took them to Enlightenment Scotland, where they spent two years studying at Edinburgh University. After a short tour of continental Europe they returned in 1822 to England to enjoy the delights of London and observe its monuments and people. With insatiable curiosity and good humour, Lach-Szyrma recorded his impressions of London and Londoners in perceptive and readable style. Of peasant origins, Lach-Szyrma was no snob. His observations are shrewd, witty and irradiated by the enthusiasm of a Romantic.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish historyTravel & MapsTravel writingClassic travel writing Publisher: Signal Books Ltd Publication Date: 28/09/2009 ISBN-13: 9781904955641  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mona Kedslie McLeod is a retired lecturer from the Extra Mural Department of Edinburgh University. Recent publications include Agents of Change: Scots in Poland 1800-1918 and an edited translation of Lach-Szyrma's Reminiscences under the title From Charlotte Square to Fingal's Cave. Her mother s family lived in Poland for 100 years.

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