Historical Dictionary of Norway

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One of the smallest countries in Europe, Norway has created for itself a position in the world community, which is completely out of proportion to the size of its population. Originally the home of sub-Arctic hunters and gatherers, then of ferocious Vikings, it lost perhaps half of its population to the Black Death in 1349, ended up in a union with Denmark that lasted until 1814, and then became united with Sweden, gaining complete independence only as recently as 1905. Over the centuries the Norwegians eked out ...

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Overview

One of the smallest countries in Europe, Norway has created for itself a position in the world community, which is completely out of proportion to the size of its population. Originally the home of sub-Arctic hunters and gatherers, then of ferocious Vikings, it lost perhaps half of its population to the Black Death in 1349, ended up in a union with Denmark that lasted until 1814, and then became united with Sweden, gaining complete independence only as recently as 1905. Over the centuries the Norwegians eked out a meager living from stony fields and treacherous seas while suffering through hunger, darkness, and cold, however, its recent productive use of such natural resources as hydroelectric power, natural gas, and oil has made the Norwegians some of the richest people in the world. The Historical Dictionary of Norway supplies a wealth of information that illuminates Norway's remarkable history, society, and culture. This is done through a chronology, a bibliography, an introductory essay, appendixes, and over 250 cross-referenced dictionary entries covering events and individuals of historical, political, social, and cultural significance. Both past and present political parties are discussed, major economic sectors are described, and basic economic facts are provided. Several entries describe the history and attractions of major Norwegian cities, and Norway's role in the international community is detailed as well providing a full portrait of this vibrant country.

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Editorial Reviews

January 2010 Reference Reviews
Through the use of a comprehensive chronology, introduction, appendices and over 250 cross-referenced dictionary entries Jan Sjavik explores the rich and captivating history of Norway. . . . The author's style of writing is conducive, easy to read and his knowledge and passion for Norwegian history is clearly evident. . . . This resource gives a great insight into the principal protagonists, events, and issues that shaped it as a modern nation. This reference will be of value to any library, and can be referred to sporadically by information seekers.
March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
An excellent resource for anybody interested in learning more about the history of Norway.... concise and well written.... recommended.
Library Journal

Sjåvik (Reading for the Truth) opens with a historical chronology spanning 10,000 B.C.E. to 2007 C.E. A 20-page introduction follows with a brief historical overview in prose form. The book's 205 paragraph-long, alphabetized entries explain Norway's many influential writers, politicians, artists, and historical figures, including Swedish and Danish monarchs. Sadly, this lacks all illustration apart from two line-drawn maps. An incredibly valuable segment of the book is the extensive, practically organized bibliography, which includes a four-page introduction recommending the best English and Norwegian reference services and publications. For European history collections.
—Savannah Schroll Guz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810857537
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/11/2008
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series , #62
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Sjåvik is associate professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he has been a faculty member since 1978.

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