Scandinavia since 1500

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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
  • Sales rank: 1,305,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Scandinavia before the Modern Era 1
Pt. I The Early Modern, 1500-1800
2 An Age of Transformations 19
3 Absolutism and Empire 52
4 Early Modern Societies 79
5 Politics and Diplomacy in the Age of Enlightenment 98
6 Tradition and Reform: Societies in Transition 121
7 On the Periphery: Finland, Norway, the Faeroe Islands, and Iceland 138
Pt. II The Long Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914
8 The Era of the Napoleonic Wars 165
9 Nationalism 186
10 The Road to Political Democracy 213
11 New Economies and New Societies 228
Pt. III The Twentieth Century
12 World War I and the Interwar Years 257
13 Norden and World War II 291
14 The Contemporary Era: Norden since 1945 321
Bibliography 359
Index 369
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