A Short History of Finland / Edition 2

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This is a second edition of the most successful study of Finland in the English language. It presents the reader - whether tourist, student, specialist or business person - with a readable and authoritative introduction to the Finns and the present position of their country in the modern world.
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This is a new edition of a 1989 work, revised and updated by A.F. Upton, a scholar of Scandinavian history, who discusses the impact of the break-up of the Soviet Union and brings events up to Finland's admission to the European Union in 1995. Accessible to a wide audience<-->students, tourists, and business people<-->this history begins with Finland's earliest settlers in the first millennium AD, and explores Finland's connection with Sweden, its complex relationship with Russia, and its economic, social, and political development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"One can indeed gain a substantial knowledge of Finnish history by reading the book..." Ralph V. Larson, Scandinavian Studies

"One can indeed gain a substantial knowledge of Finnish history by reading the book..." Ralph V. Larson, Scandinavian Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521647014
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,429,762
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
1 History of Finland 1
Introduction 1
The land of Finland 2
The people of Finland 10
2 Finland and Sweden 18
Gustavus Vasa and the beginnings of the Reformation 31
Finland and the struggle for supremacy in northern Europe 36
3 Finland, Sweden and Russia in the Eighteenth Century 49
The Anjala League 58
Finland under the Tsars: the Grand Duchy of Finland 61
Helsinki as capital of Finland 67
4 The Finnish National Awakening 69
The language question 73
5 The Finnish Economy in the Nineteenth Century 82
6 The Political Development of Finland, 1863-1917 90
Russification 91
The First World War 103
7 Independent Finland 108
Political life in Finland, 1919-1939 115
Economic and social conditions in the inter-war period 119
8 Finland in the Second World War 122
The Winter War 122
The uneasy peace 127
The Continuation War, 1941-1944 130
9 Finland in the Post-War World: The Political Situation 134
10 The Economy of Finland in the Twentieth Century 147
11 The Spirit of Finland 155
National identity 158
Family life 162
Social services 165
Alcoholism 166
Sport 168
Design 170
Literature 173
Music 175
The Church 176
Appendices 178
Bibliography 185
Index 198
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