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Historical Dictionary of Denmark

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Denmark is the oldest monarchy in Europe. At different points in its history, Denmark's boundaries have encompassed England, Sweden, West Africa, India, and the West Indies. Despite its changing and relatively small boundaries, Denmark has played a much larger part in the politics of Europe than might be expected. Additionally, through its territories (Faroe Islands and Greenland), Denmark has managed to retain an important presence in the North Atlantic. Today, democratic Denmark, with its thriving capital ...

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Overview

Denmark is the oldest monarchy in Europe. At different points in its history, Denmark's boundaries have encompassed England, Sweden, West Africa, India, and the West Indies. Despite its changing and relatively small boundaries, Denmark has played a much larger part in the politics of Europe than might be expected. Additionally, through its territories (Faroe Islands and Greenland), Denmark has managed to retain an important presence in the North Atlantic. Today, democratic Denmark, with its thriving capital Copenhagen, is peaceful, prosperous, and progressive. Within NATO, Denmark has contributed to peace-keeping in the Persian Gulf and Bosnia. The "Danish Model" of welfare gives Danes a real sense of social security and presents many naysayers with a provocative example of a successfully managed welfare state. Danes have a reputation for inventiveness and good design, whether in architecture, furniture, or industrial design. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Denmark relates the history of this successful country through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on kings, politicians, officials, explorers, authors, architects, composers, painters, astronomers, educationists, reformers, political parties, social movements, and other aspects of Danish society.

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Editorial Reviews

March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
This new edition includes new material that has become important in scholarship on the country.... An essential addition to subject collections and a useful reference aid in general reference collections.
Booknews
Contains entries on historical and contemporary aspects of Denmark, covering politics, the military, economy, society, the arts, and religion, as well as the Danish welfare state and Danish relations with the European Union and countries outside of Europe. An introduction provides an overview of Danish history and politics. Includes a chronology and reference appendices. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Scandinavica
Presented in a factual, non-judgemental way, the dictionary offers a great deal of information over a very wide field.
Reference Reviews
The introduction gives an excellent resume of Danish history, geography and modern-day scene, noting, significantly, that Denmark is the second richest member of the EU....This is an outstandingly useful reference work on Denmark and one of the best in the Historical Dictionaries series.
— Bob Duckett, 2010
Reference Reviews - Bob Duckett
The introduction gives an excellent resume of Danish history, geography and modern-day scene, noting, significantly, that Denmark is the second richest member of the EU....This is an outstandingly useful reference work on Denmark and one of the best in the Historical Dictionaries series.
Michigan State University L. Siegelbaum
...this dictionary covers extensively events, people, and other topics dealing with the politics, economy, society, and culture of contemporary Denmark...an excellent, up-to-date reference source useful for general readers or for students at any level needing information about Denmark.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810855618
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series , #63
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alastair H. Thomas taught political science for 30 years until his retirement as Emeritus Professor in 2000 at the University of Central Lancashire.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by the Series Editor Jon Woronoff Woronoff, Jon

Chronology of Danish History

Maps

The Faroe Islands

Greenland

Administrative Structure

Southern Jutland and the Duchies

Introduction 1

The Dictionary 27

Bibliography 437

App. 1 The Danish Monarchs 503

App. 2 Prime Ministers and Cabinets, 1848-2007 505

App. 3 Party Shares of Cabinet Office 510

App. 4 Party Shares of Votes, 1890-2007 511

App. 5 Referendums in Denmark, 1916-2007 515

App. 6 Economic Data, 2007 518

App. 7 Denmark's Population, 1769-2000 520

About the Authors 521

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