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Helsinki of the Czars Finland's Capital: 1808-1918
     

Helsinki of the Czars Finland's Capital: 1808-1918

by George C. Schoolfield
 
This book traces the cultural and social history of Helsinki during a period in which, as the capital of Russia's semi-autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland, it underwent radical changes. The author shows how, from a mercantile and shipping town, Helsinki became the seat of the government and university, the notable city-planner Johan Albrecht Ehrenström and the

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This book traces the cultural and social history of Helsinki during a period in which, as the capital of Russia's semi-autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland, it underwent radical changes. The author shows how, from a mercantile and shipping town, Helsinki became the seat of the government and university, the notable city-planner Johan Albrecht Ehrenström and the genius of Karl Ludvig Engel, an architect from Berlin, making it into a Neo-Classical show-piece. However, by the 1860s a swiftly growing Finnish population demanded their own rights; Professor Schoolfield describes the many transformations which took place in an increasingly bilingual environment, and how national-romantic passions led to a remarkable outburst of creative activity — such as the music of Sibelius and the paintings of Edelfeldt and Gallen-Kallela, the architecture of Saarinen and Sonck, and the literature of Tavaststjerna and Eio Leino. The political and social tensions culminated in Finland's independence in 1917, and the bloody Finnish Civil War in the following year.

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"A distinguished Scandinavian literary scholar, Schoolfield has produced a typically well-researched and elegantly written cultural history of the city of Helsinki when it served as the political and intellectual capital of Imperial Russia's 'Grand Duchy of Finland.' Recommended for public and university libraries." CHOICE"This is a book about a city and its people which has been a pleasure to read. George Schoolfield is to be congratulated for 'sharing his liking of the city'. The vignettes that he sketches, the anecdotes that he relates, and the wealth of literary and artistic reference will entertain the Finns themselves as well as the English-reading public. He has written a text to be savoured." THE SLAVONIC REVIEW"Schoolfield has an uncanny ability to make Helsinki come alive for the reader." SCANDINAVIAN-CANADIAN STUDIES
Booknews
Paulson (English, John Hopkins U.) provides an examination of the study of aesthetics from its origins in England in the 1700s, showing how aesthetics took off not only from British empiricism but also from such forms of religious heterodoxy as deism. Examined are the innovations of Henry Fielding, John Cleland, Laurence Sterne, and Oliver Goldsmith as well as the practice in the visual arts of Hogarth and his followers. Some 40 pages of b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571130266
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
03/21/1996
Series:
Studies in Scandinavian Literature and Culture
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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