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Title:
The soul of the North : a social, architectural and cultural history of the Nordic countries, 1700-1940
Author:
Kent, Neil.
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Publication Information:
London : Reaktion, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
416 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781861890412
Format :
Book

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Central Library DL30 .K46 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

The social and cultural history of the Nordic region (including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Greenland), as well as that of outlying former provinces such as Swedish Pomerania and the erstwhile Caribbean colonies, is examined in this unique study. Religious and spiritual values, family life and sexuality, health and hygiene, town and country and slavery in the tropical colonies are amongst the topics dealt with in some depth. At the same time, Neil Kent also provides an architectural and artistic history of the region.


Author Notes

Neil Kent teaches and carries out historical and social research at the University of Cambridge.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 8
1 Christianity, Spirituality and the Churchp. 16
2 The Family and Sexualityp. 68
3 Health, Hygiene and Diseasep. 120
4 Nordic Life in the Town and Countryp. 150
5 Germans, Xenophobia and the Growth of National Identitiesp. 212
6 Regal and Imperial Visionsp. 248
7 European Arctic Hegemony: Scandinavian Overseas Colonies in the Far Northp. 298
8 A Peculiar Institution: Slavery, the Tropics and Scandinavian Colonial Expansionp. 328
Some Conclusionsp. 370
Chronology of Political Eventsp. 376
Chronology of Cultural and Scientific Eventsp. 382
Referencesp. 390
Bibliographyp. 401
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 405
Indexp. 406

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