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Historical Dictionary of Denmark

Historical Dictionary of Denmark

by Alastair H. Thomas
     
 

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At different points in its history, Denmark's boundaries have encompassed England, Sweden, West Africa, India, and the West Indies. Despite its changing, and in the end 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

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At different points in its history, Denmark's boundaries have encompassed England, Sweden, West Africa, India, and the West Indies. Despite its changing, and in the end 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 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 "Historical Dictionary of Denmark" covers the older, more "glorious" periods when Denmark was a political and military force in Europe. Full coverage is also given to the modern and contemporary eras when politicians and political parties, trade unions and other organizations have run the country. The "Dictionary" reaches well beyond politics and warfare into the economy, society, art, music, literature, and religion. Additionally, there is a look at the welfare state and at Danish relations with the European Union and countries outside of Europe. Included is information from the earliest archaeological remains of human prehistory through to the current state of Denmark. An introduction provides a lucid overview of Danish history and politics. A chronology, several useful appendixes, and asubstantial bibliography round out the work.

Editorial Reviews

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.
March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
An essential addition to subject collections and a useful reference aid in general reference collections.
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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810855618
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/02/2009
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series, #63
Edition description:
Second Edition
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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