Historical Dictionary of Sweden

Historical Dictionary of Sweden

by Irene Scobbie
     
 

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Once part of the Kalmar Union—along with Denmark and Norway—the Kingdom of Sweden broke free in order to govern itself in the early 1500s, and for more than a century afterwards it was a force to be reckoned with. At its peak, it was twice the size that it is today, but with the secession of Finland in 1809 and the rise of Russia, Sweden changed its path

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Once part of the Kalmar Union—along with Denmark and Norway—the Kingdom of Sweden broke free in order to govern itself in the early 1500s, and for more than a century afterwards it was a force to be reckoned with. At its peak, it was twice the size that it is today, but with the secession of Finland in 1809 and the rise of Russia, Sweden changed its path and instead turned toward neutrality and a peaceful existence. Today, Sweden boasts a healthy economy, and it is an important member of the European Union, as well a major contributor to international activities. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Sweden both updates and expands upon the previous edition. Through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, events, and institutions, this dictionary provides information ranging from politics to economics, from education to religion, and from music to literature.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
Overall, this is a very useful reference work about Sweden's distant as well as not-so-distant past.
Journal Of Baltic Studies
A satisfactory English-language summary of Swedish history, with good thumbnail sketches of important figures and events.
Reference and Research Book News
Hundreds of cross-referenced, alphabetically arranged entries provide students, researchers, and general readers with quick access to information on important people, places, and events in Sweden's history. Supplemental materials include maps, a chronology, a list of acronyms, and a general introduction. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography, organized by subject. Sources are primarily in English. Now retired, Scobbie was head of the U. of Edinburgh's Department of Scandinavian Studies.
Reference Reviews
This volume provides a very useful body of information both on general topics such as Economy and Emigration and on private individuals in numerous walks of life.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Overall, this is a very useful reference work about Sweden's distant as well as not-so-distant past.
Booknews
A dictionary with entries on Sweden's politics, history, arts, religion, and important people, and a bibliography of print resources, including periodicals, about the country, divided into sections on historical periods, economics, language, education, emigration, geography, and arts and media. Features a chronology of events, an overview of history, industry, and population in Sweden, and lists of Swedish rulers and prime ministers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Area Studies
...a useful historical dictionary with a very good bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810853751
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series, #48
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Irene Scobbie has written extensively on Sweden and lectured on Sweden and Scandinavia at several universities, including the University of Edinburgh, where she was head of the Department of Scandinavian Studies before retiring.

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