Stockholm: A Cultural History

Stockholm: A Cultural History

by Tony Griffiths
     
 

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Situated on Lake Mälaren on one of the world's most beautiful harbors, Stockholm has set the benchmark for civilized city-living since the time of the Vikings. Its medieval regal period saw the Vasa dynasty turn a small town in the shadow of Uppsala into the capital city of a dominant power in Europe and a major trading port. In the Napoleonic era Stockholm

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Situated on Lake Mälaren on one of the world's most beautiful harbors, Stockholm has set the benchmark for civilized city-living since the time of the Vikings. Its medieval regal period saw the Vasa dynasty turn a small town in the shadow of Uppsala into the capital city of a dominant power in Europe and a major trading port. In the Napoleonic era Stockholm readjusted its priorities to establish itself as a center of innovation, technical and social. While the city has suffered more than its fair share of disasters, Stockholm's cultural and commercial elite transformed it into a community that welcomed innovation and spread the fruits of its achievements far beyond its borders.

From its celebrated Old Town dating from the Middle Ages to its Art Nouveau and modern quarters, Stockholm is a city rich in museums, theaters, and landmarks. Tony Griffiths explores the Swedish capital, old and new, revealing a city of unexpected contradictions and dark history.

City of Power, Intrigue, and Murder: Gustav Vasa, Queen Christina, and Descartes; murder at a Masked Ball, Olof Palme's assassination; social democracy and armed neutrality; the rights of women and the impact of immigration.

City of Scientists and Inventors: Linnaeus and Nobel; Ericsson and new technology; Laval, Wenner-Gren, and Kamprad.

Sensual City: August Strindberg, Greta Garbo, Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman; sculptors and painters; ABBA and Henning Mankell; home of the smörgåsbord; the church, lust, and the alcohol monopoly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195386370
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/25/2009
Series:
Cityscapes Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,231,153
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Tony Griffiths teaches at Flinders University and is the author of Scandinavia.

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