Scandinavia since 1500

Scandinavia since 1500

by Byron J. Nordstrom
     
 

Scandinavian Studies/History

The most up-to-date account of this fascinating region.

Though marked by certain geographical, linguistic, and cultural differences, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the Faroe Islands are united by a common bond and a shared history. This history comes richly to life in this up-to-date, thorough, and readable account

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Scandinavian Studies/History

The most up-to-date account of this fascinating region.

Though marked by certain geographical, linguistic, and cultural differences, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the Faroe Islands are united by a common bond and a shared history. This history comes richly to life in this up-to-date, thorough, and readable account of modern Scandinavia.

Structuring his history along the lines of traditional European chronology-Renaissance, Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary periods-Byron J. Nordstrom brings a distinctly twentieth-century perspective to his work. He shows how religions, political ideas, economic practices, intellectual movements, and technological innovations have come to Scandinavia from abroad only to be modified and recast in a uniquely Nordic character. Among the many topics he examines are Gustav II's military reforms, Danish absolutism, the constitutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Scandinavian modern design, management techniques and shopfloor production strategies, and the welfare state.

Surveying political, diplomatic, social, economic, and culture aspects of the region's history, Scandinavia since 1500 is a comprehensive yet nuanced portrait of this unique region.

Byron J. Nordstrom is professor of history and Scandinavian studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Translation Inquiries: University of Minnesota Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816620982
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Scandinavia before the Modern Era1
Pt. IThe Early Modern, 1500-1800
2An Age of Transformations19
3Absolutism and Empire52
4Early Modern Societies79
5Politics and Diplomacy in the Age of Enlightenment98
6Tradition and Reform: Societies in Transition121
7On the Periphery: Finland, Norway, the Faeroe Islands, and Iceland138
Pt. IIThe Long Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914
8The Era of the Napoleonic Wars165
9Nationalism186
10The Road to Political Democracy213
11New Economies and New Societies228
Pt. IIIThe Twentieth Century
12World War I and the Interwar Years257
13Norden and World War II291
14The Contemporary Era: Norden since 1945321
Bibliography359
Index369

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