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A short history of Finland
Singleton, Frederick Bernard.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xii, 209 pages : 2 maps ; 22 cm
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DL1032 .S55 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is a second edition of the successful study of Finland in the English language. 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 that has dominated Finnish history in the past two centuries, and the postwar 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. It covers the impact of the break-up of the Soviet Union and brings events up to Finland's admission to the European Union in 1995.

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Written by a British scholar with a thorough understanding of Finland, this short introductory work is not only authoritative, but it is also clear, concise, and eminently suited to the general reader. It supplants older short histories because it analyzes Finnish national development through contemporary times. It also devotes a good deal of attention to the geographical factors that have been important in shaping modern Finnish society. Almost half the book treats Finland in the 20th century, which is particularly appropriate for a nation that first gained full independence in 1917 and whose social, cultural, economic, and foreign policy developments are very much a product of recent times. Although there are no source annotations in the narrative, the author has appended a useful bibliography of major specialized scholarly works available in English. Recommended for undergraduate, graduate, and public libraries. K. Smemo Moorhead State University

Table of Contents

1 History of Finland
2 Finland and Sweden
3 Finland, Sweden and Russia in the eighteenth century
4 The Finnish national awakening
5 The Finnish economy in the nineteenth century
6 The political development of Finland, 1863-1917
7 Independent Finland
8 Finland in the Second World War
9 Finland in the post-war world: the political situation
10 The economy of Finland in the twentieth century
11 The spirit of Finland