A Concise History of Finland

A Concise History of Finland

by David Kirby
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521539897

ISBN-13: 9780521539890

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Few countries in Europe have undergone such rapid social, political and economic changes as Finland has during the last fifty years. David Kirby here sets out the fascinating history of this northern country, for centuries on the east-west divide of Europe, a country not blessed by nature, most of whose inhabitants still earned a living from farming fifty years ago

Overview

Few countries in Europe have undergone such rapid social, political and economic changes as Finland has during the last fifty years. David Kirby here sets out the fascinating history of this northern country, for centuries on the east-west divide of Europe, a country not blessed by nature, most of whose inhabitants still earned a living from farming fifty years ago, but which today is one of the most prosperous members of the European Union. He shows how this small country was able not only to survive in peace and war but also to preserve and develop its own highly distinctive identity, neither Scandinavian nor Eastern European. He traces the evolution of the idea of a Finnish national state, from the long centuries as part of the Swedish realm, through self-government within the Russian Empire, and into the stormy and tragic birth of the independent state in the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521539890
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
Cambridge Concise Histories Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
561,628
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. A medieval marchland; 2. The Swedish legacy; 3. From Stockholm to St Petersburg, 1780–1860; 4. The embryonic state, 1860–1907; 5. The independent state, 1907–1937; 6. War and peace, 1939–1956; 7. The Kekkonen era, 1956–1981; 8. From nation-state to Eurostate; Key dates; Presidents of Finland; Elections and governments; Guide to further reading.

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