Stockholm: A Cultural History

Stockholm: A Cultural History

by Tony Griffiths


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Situated on one of the world's most beautiful harbors, Stockholm has set the benchmark for civilized urban living since the time of the Vikings. Tony Griffiths reveals a city of power, intrigue, and murder; of scientists and investors; and a sensual city, home of Greta Garbo and the sm rg sbord. Its medieval period saw the Vasa dynasty turn a small town into the capital of a dominant European power and a major trading port. In the Napoleonic era, Stockholm established itself as a center of both technical and social innovation. While the city has suffered more than its fair share of misfortune, Stockholm's cultural and commercial elite transformed it into a community which now welcomes innovation and spreads the fruits of its achievements far beyond its borders.

Product Details

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

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Beautiful, Hungry Landscape
Follow the Vikings
The Story of Somewhere
Slick and Immediate Minimalism
Vasastan: Hip Vibes or Siberia?
Chapter 2: Murky Ends
Gustav III: Murder at the Masked Ball
Statsminister Palme: Red Olof
Anna Lindh: Knifed at NK
Chapter 3: Fearful Lingo
A New Human Ideal: De Botton and Myer
George Bernard Shaw: High Mediocrity
Strindberg: Son of a Servant
Graham Greene: Sentimental Humility and Deep Hidden Arrogance
Motojiro Akashi: The Japanese James Bond
Chapter 4: Money, Money, Money
Alfred Nobel: Grumbling Bear
Ingvar Kamprad: Never a Nazi
The Gnomes of Gamla Stan
The Aga: Simple, Sweet Tempered and Smart
Ethical Investments: An Arm and a Leg
Axel Wenner-Gren: Swell or Swindler?
Chapter 5: Stars and Sly Bitches
Screen Goddesses
Greta Garbo: I Want to be Left Alone
Ingrid Bergman: The Palmolive Garbo
Anita Ekberg: La Dolce Vita
Bo Widerberg: Shampoo Advertisements
Ingmar Bergman: The Devil's Eye
Chapter 6: A Man After Midnight
Just a Housewife
Antonio's Temptation
A solitary beacon
The Singha Tsunami
Chapter 7: The System
Helan gar: The Full Dram Goes
Carl Linneaus: Gross Prurience
Trolls in the Tunnelban
Chapter 8: Fairytale Kings and Dancing Queens
Born to Fight
Queen Christina: Hairy-legged Hunchback
Life Among the Lilacs
D sir e and Cuckoo Kings
Chapter 9: Slaughter
The Stockholm Bloodbath
Christina the Ripper
The Capsize of the Vasa: The Lion Sinks
The Chernobyl Disaster: Terror from the Sky
The Estonia: Sunk off Ut
Flight 686: The Milan Apocalypse
Chapter 10: The Nobel Prizes: Doing it for Me
The Science of Winning
Colossal Imagination
Political Muscle, Artistic Temperament, the Exotic and Obscure
City of the Well Behaved, Well Spoken, Clean, Rational but Shadowless
Chapter 11: Northern Necropolis
Reading Themselves to Death
Macabre Monarchs
The Democracy of Death
Chapter 12: Lust
Joy, Pleasure and Delight
Name Days
The Smorgasbord
The Bishops Invite You In
The Fellini Factor

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