Historical Dictionary of Iceland

Historical Dictionary of Iceland

by Gudmundur Halfdanarson
     
 

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While Iceland is the second largest inhabited island in Europe, with only 313,000 inhabitants in 2007, the Icelanders form one of the smallest independent nations in the world. Around two-thirds of the population lives in the capital, Reykjav'k, and its suburbs, while the rest is spread around the inhabitable area of the country. Until fairly recently the Icelandic

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While Iceland is the second largest inhabited island in Europe, with only 313,000 inhabitants in 2007, the Icelanders form one of the smallest independent nations in the world. Around two-thirds of the population lives in the capital, Reykjav'k, and its suburbs, while the rest is spread around the inhabitable area of the country. Until fairly recently the Icelandic nation was unusually homogeneous, both in cultural and religious terms; in 1981, around 98 percent of the nation was born in Iceland and 96 percent belonged to the Lutheran state church or other Lutheran religious sects. In 2007, these numbers were down to 89 and 86 percent respectively, reflecting the rapidly growing multicultural nature of Icelandic society. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Iceland traces Iceland's history and provides a compass for the direction the country is heading. This is done through its chronology, introductory essays, appendixes, map, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects.

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Booknews
Explains and defines key people, places, events, periods, and concepts in the history of Iceland, with most entries one page or less. Includes a detailed chronology, notes on the Icelandic language, a list of abbreviations and acronyms, and an introduction highlighting important events in the country's history. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
American Reference Books Annual
...considers all aspects of Icelandic history...introduction is a valuable contribution to an understanding of the nation...an excellent introduction to one of the world's most unique nations...an obvious starting point for anyone interested in exploring Iceland's history and culture.
Reference Reviews
...an excellent range of short articles on historical figures and places, together with all other aspects of society...although paying due respect to Iceland's long history, it does not deal only with past matters but places the country firmly in the twentieth century...very up-to-date. The author is an associate professor in the Department of History of the University of Iceland which gives unimpeachable authority to this dictionary which would be of value to anyone interested in Icelandic studies.
CHOICE
...concise, authoritative, and well-organized...a useful reference book for any academic library.

Choice
...concise, authoritative, and well-organized...a useful reference book for any academic library.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...considers all aspects of Icelandic history...introduction is a valuable contribution to an understanding of the nation...an excellent introduction to one of the world's most unique nations...an obvious starting point for anyone interested in exploring Iceland's history and culture.
March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
A detailed chronology.... Although a highly specialized work, this book deserves a spot on reference shelves of most larger academic libraries, especially those which support collections in European history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810862746
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/23/2008
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Europe , #66
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Gudmunder HOlfdanarson is professor in the Department of History at the University of Iceland.

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