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The history of Sweden
Nordstrom, Byron J.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xvii, 186 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
1. An introduction to Sweden -- 2. Before there was Sweden -- 3. Creating Sweden, 1000-1800 : the medieval and early modern eras -- 4. Becoming modern, 1800-1914 -- 5. Troubles and achievements, 1914-1945 -- 6. The contemporary era -- Notable people in the history of Sweden.
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For many Americans, Sweden used to conjure images of Viking raiders and settlers. By contrast, contemporary Sweden is one of the world's most advanced nations in terms of politics, social welfare, gender equality, standard of living, technology, the arts, and participation in regional and global developments. Nordstrom traces the history of Sweden, detailing its prehistory and Viking past.

This book shows how a country governed for years by a European monarchial system slowly--and at times grudgingly--changed into the egalitarian, democratic system of today. Starting with an introduction on Sweden's geography, people, and government, Nordstrom examines the political and cultural history of the country in six chapters. Also included are a bibliographical essay, an index, and a biographical section with portraits of more than 50 noteworthy Swedes, making this narrative account is the most up-to-date general history of Sweden available.

Author Notes

BYRON NORDSTROM is Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. He is the author of Dictionary of Scandinavian History and Scandinavia Since 1500 , as well as articles about Swedish and Swedish-American history.

Table of Contents

Frank W. Thackery and John E. Findling
Series Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Timeline of Historical Eventsp. xv
1 An Introduction to Swedenp. 1
2 Before There Was Swedenp. 11
3 Creating Sweden, 1000-1800: The Medieval and Early Modern Erasp. 31
4 Becoming Modern, 1800-1914p. 63
5 Troubles and Achievements, 1914-1945p. 93
6 The Contemporary Erap. 123
Notable People in the History of Swedenp. 157
Bibliographic Essayp. 167
Indexp. 173

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