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A History of the Swedish People by Beginning in prehistoric times and culminating with the Dacke rebellion of 1542, renowned novelist Vilhelm Moberg's two-volume popular history of the Swedish people approaches its subject from the viewpoint of the common people, documenting peasants' lives as well as those of the royal families. In this first volume Moberg examines Viking raids, the coming of Christianity, and the Folkungs royal dynasty, whose tyrannical reign lasted from 1250 to the 1360s. He vividly describes the arrival of the Black Death from a ship that docked carrying only dead passengers, and he recounts the reign of Queen Margareta who founded the Kalmar Union, comprising all of Scandinavia. In every chapter, Moberg faithfully imparts how history affected "the whole people" of Sweden.
Call Number: 948.5 M71m:Ea2005
Publication Date: 2005-02-07
Sweden in the Seventeenth Century by The history of Sweden in the seventeenth century is perhaps one of the most remarkable political success stories of early modern Europe. Little more than a century after achieving independence from Denmark, Sweden - an impoverished and sparsely-populated state - had defeated all of its most fearsome enemies and was ranked amongst the great powers of Europe. In this book, which incorporates the latest research on the subject, Paul Douglas Lockhart: - surveys the political, diplomatic, economic, social and cultural history of the country, from the beginnings of its career as an empire to its decline at the end of the seventeenth century - examines the mechanisms that helped Sweden to achieve the status of a great power, and the reasons for its eventual downfall - emphasises the interplay between social structure, constitutional development, and military necessity Clear and well-written, Lockhart's text is essential reading for all those with an interest in the fascinating history of early modern Sweden.
Call Number: 948.5034 L811s
Publication Date: 2004-02-13
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A History of Denmark by In this introductory guide, Knud Jespersen traces the process of disintegration and reduction that helped to form the modern Danish state, and the historical roots of Denmark's international position. Beginning with the Reformation in the sixteenth century, Jespersen explains how the Denmark of today was shaped by wars, territorial losses, domestic upheavals, new methods of production, and changes in thought. Focusing on the interplay between history, politics and economics, this illuminating text offers an insider's view of Danish identity formation over the last centuries. This engaging textbook is an ideal resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on Danish, Scandinavian or Nordic History. Concise and accessible, it will also appeal to anyone interested in gaining a clear understanding of the development of Denmark.
Call Number: DL148 .J46 2019
Publication Date: 2018-09-12
Call Number: 038 N7582
Publication Date: 1960-1969
Chiefly short entries, many illustrated with line drawings or photographs. Articles on countries and scientific fields are longer.
Salmonsens Konversations Leksikon
Call Number: 038 SA35
Publication Date: 1915-1930
Still the standard Danish encyclopedia. Includes bibliographies, maps, city plans, illustrations.
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History of Norway by A distinguished one-volume history of Norway, from the Vikings through the Resistance of World War II. "Full, objective, and thoroughly readable history, rich in content.... The result is a well-rounded treatment of Norwegian life--political, religious, economic, and intellectual--during the long centuries.... Easily the most important history of Norway in the English language since Gjerset."--N. Y. Times Originally published in 1948. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Call Number: Online Resource
Publication Date: 2016-04-19
History of Norway by Based on exhaustive research, History of Norway is a clear, informative and entertaining description of Norway's history from the earliest cultures of the Stone Age to today's oil and gas economy. Along the way, there are fascinating stories of Vikings, the Sami, kings and queens, farmers and fishermen, merchants and miners, the Black Death, the Hanseatic merchants, the Reformation, independence, emigration from Norway to America, polar explorers, the Nazi invasion and the Norwegian resistance in World War II, and much more
Call Number: DL448 .Y55 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-01
Norsk biografisk leksikon Substantial, signed articles on ca. 5,000 prominent Norwegians from the earliest times to the mid-twentieth century. Includes bibliographies
Call Number: 920.0481 N81
Publication Date: 1921-1983
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A Concise History of Finland by Few countries in Europe have undergone such rapid social, political and economic changes as Finland has during the last fifty years. David Kirby here sets out the fascinating history of this northern country, for centuries on the east-west divide of Europe, a country not blessed by nature, most of whose inhabitants still earned a living from farming fifty years ago, but which today is one of the most prosperous members of the European Union. He shows how this small country was able not only to survive in peace and war but also to preserve and develop its own highly distinctive identity, neither Scandinavian nor Eastern European. He traces the evolution of the idea of a Finnish national state, from the long centuries as part of the Swedish realm, through self-government within the Russian Empire, and into the stormy and tragic birth of the independent state in the twentieth century.
Call Number: 948.7 K361c
Publication Date: 2006-07-13
A Short History of Finland by 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. A Short History of Finland traces the historical development of the country from its settlement by the Finns in the first millennium AD to the present time, exploring Finland's earlier connection with Sweden, the complex relationship with Russia which has dominated Finnish history in the last two centuries, and the post-war achievements of the second republic. This second edition has been revised and updated by Emeritus Professor A. F. Upton, a leading scholar of Scandinavian history, and 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.
Call Number: 948.97 Si64s1998
Publication Date: 1998-10-01
A History of Finland by Henrik Meinander reignites interest in Finland with this brisk and bold portrait, recounting the country's early beginnings as a member of the Swedish kingdom to its later years as an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian empire. It concludes with Finland's gradual transformation into a conscious nation and its current flourishing as an independent, modernized state. Meinander concentrates on the Baltic region, connecting his history to major turning points in Europe's social, political, and structural development. He blends politics, economy, and culture to illuminate how other countries have utilized Finland's natural resources and have coopted its cultural heritage and technological innovations. Meinander devotes a large section of his work to the country's contemporary history, reasserting Finland's role in recent Baltic and European history and the impact of these events on the country's future development.
Call Number: 948.97 M477h
Publication Date: 2011-07-05
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Iceland's 1100 Years by This volume recounts the history of a society on the margin of Europe as well as on the margin of reaching the size and wealth of a proper state - Iceland.
Call Number: 949.12 G956i
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Viking Age Iceland by Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defence forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. It should have been a utopia yet its literature is dominated by brutality and killing. The reasons for this, argues Jesse Byock, lie in the underlying structures and cultural codes of the islands' social order. 'Viking Age Iceland' is an engaging, multi-disciplinary work bringing together findings in anthropology and ethnography interwoven with historical fact and masterful insights into the popular Icelandic sagas, this is a brilliant reconstruction of the inner workings of a unique and intriguing society.
Call Number: 949.1201 B995v
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
History, Newspaper & Philosophy
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The Cambridge History of Scandinavia by This volume presents a comprehensive exposition of both the prehistory and medieval history of the whole of Scandinavia. The first part of the volume surveys the prehistoric and historic Scandinavian landscape and its natural resources, and tells how man took possession of this landscape, adapting culturally to changing natural conditions and developing various types of community throughout the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The rest - and most substantial part of the volume - deals with the history of Scandinavia from the Viking Age to the end of the Scandinavian Middle Ages (c. 1520). The external Viking expansion opened Scandinavia to European influence to a hitherto unknown degree. A Christian church organisation was established, the first towns came into being, and the unification of the three medieval kingdoms of Scandinavia began, coinciding with the formation of the unique Icelandic 'Free State'.
Call Number: 948 C144
Publication Date: 2003-09-04
Scandinavia by Tony Griffiths' Scandinavia is a compact, sharp, and accessible introduction to the history, politics and culture of Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark, from the Napoleonic era to the present. His lively narrative brings to life the modern history of the region, demolishing national stereotypes in the process. No other book illuminates so tellingly the salient events and personalities of modern Scandinavia, including artists, musicians, and intellectuals such as Ibsen, Bergman, Kierkegaard, Munch, and Sibelius. This combination of a detailed look at Scandinavian culture and politics within a concise and thorough history makes this book the first and only of its kind, and unravels the mysteries and misunderstandings of this region and its people.
Call Number: 948.05 G875s
Publication Date: 2004-10-15
Scandinavian Biographical Archive by Divided into section A. Denmark, Iceland, and Norway and B. Finland and Sweden. Excludes some of the major biographical dictionaries but brings together many smaller and more obscure sources.
Call Number: MFICHE 920.048 SCA63
Publication Date: 1989
Scandinavian Biographical Index by Index to Scandinavian Biographical Archive in one alphabetical index. Gives dates and a brief identification of each person included
Call Number: Q. 920.048 SCA63APX
Publication Date: 1994
International Medieval Bibliography
The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) is a multidisciplinary bibliography of Europe, North Africa and the Near East (300-1500), founded in 1967 with the aim of providing a comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide. The IMB comprises 365,000 articles, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and location, and provide full bibliographical records.
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. Provides indexing of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.
Early European Books
Early European Books contains works printed in Europe before 1701, drawing together a diverse array of printed sources, regardless of language, as well as works published further afield. This resource offers full-color, high-resolution facsimile images of some of the world's most significant collections of early printed books in Europe.