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A History of the Swedish People: Volume 1: From Prehistory to the Renaissance

By Vilhelm Moberg

Moberg, Vilhelm/ Myrdal, Gunnar (FRW)/ Austin, Paul Britten (TRN)
Paperback (224 pages)

A History of the Swedish People: Volume 1: From Prehistory to the Renaissance
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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.

A History of the Swedish People: Volume II: From Renaissance to Revolution

By Vilhelm Moberg

Brand: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Paperback (288 pages)

A History of the Swedish People: Volume II: From Renaissance to Revolution
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In the second volume of his vivid history of the Swedes, Vilhelm Moberg brings his focus on the common people to bear on a period that included two dramatic revolts: the national insurrection under Engelbrekt and the last desperate attempt of the Smaland peasantry to retain their medieval liberties - a defiance bloodily crushed by King Gustav Vasa. Using a wide variety of local historical source materials, Moberg studies the ruthless monarch Vasa and his two tragic opponents: the psychopathic Christian II of Denmark and Nils Dracke, the leader of the Smalanders. Furthermore, he examines the enigmatic and wide appeal of the Swedish forest and investigates the origins of the Swedish hatred of Danes, which was implanted by propaganda through songs commissioned by Karl VIII's chancellery.Moberg's history has been widely hailed by the Swedish press as a masterpiece of popular history writing and has been an all-time best-seller in Swedish bookstores.

The Swedish Army of the Great Northern War, 1700-1721 (Century of the Soldier)

By Lars Ericson Wolke

Helion and Company
Released: 2018-08-31
Paperback (177 pages)

The Swedish Army of the Great Northern War, 1700-1721 (Century of the Soldier)
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The book describes the development of the Swedish Army during the Great Northern War, 1700-1721, when Sweden fought against a coalition of Russia, Denmark-Norway and Poland-Saxony. For parts of the War Prussia and Hanover also joined the enemy coalition. The book describes how the Army was reorganized in the year before the outbreak of the war, with its unique allotment system of recruitment. The book also includes a list of all Army units during the 21 years of war.

The strategic situation in the Baltic Sea region in the last 1690s is given, and is then followed up by an analysis of the strategic situation in the early 1720s.

A description of the Army as it was at the time of the outbreak of the war in 1700, as well as the system of fortresses around the Baltic Sea is provided. The equipment and tactics of the Army are presented, not the least how they developed during the long period of the war.

The development of the 21 years of war are described and discussed to give the reader a good overview of the military (and partly the political) developments. The battlefield performance of the Swedish Army is studied through descriptions and analysis of six battles and one campaign.

The book includes a list of suggestions for further reading, and is supported by a large number of illustrations including specially commissioned color uniform and flag plates.

A History of Sweden

By Carl Grimberg

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (436 pages)

A 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.

Of Swedish Ways

By Lily Lorenzen

Harper Perennial
Released: 1992-06-19
Multicolor Paperback (288 pages)

Of Swedish Ways
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Here is a book filled with the sights and sounds of a people steeped in a background of fine old traditions. It is a charming account of Swedish customs that goes beyond their democratic monarchy, their progressive social-welfare programs, their avant-garde movies, and their excellence of design.

For Swedish-Americans this book will have special meaning: the joy of reminiscing about those traditions (some possibly forgotten) that enriched and helped shape their lives. For their children it is a journey to a world they may not know of first hand. And for the tourist it affords a unique behind-the-scenes look not to be found in travel books, and is certain to enhance the pleasure of their visit.

Your Swedish Roots: A Step by Step Handbook

By Per Clemensson

Ancestry.com
Paperback (224 pages)

Your Swedish Roots: A Step by Step Handbook
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Get a start on your Swedish family history with Your Swedish Roots, a step-by-step handbook to help guide you in researching your Swedish ancestors. First, learn general information about Sweden, Swedish naming practices, and the Swedish language. These basics will help you research names of ancestors and search through Swedish records with greater ease. Next, learn what Swedish records are available, where to find them, and how to use them. Swedish church records will be one of the most value to you, as they are very complete and well preserved. Finally, follow sample cases on particular Swedish families to learn helpful research steps for your own family history. As you learn about your Swedish ancestry, you will experience the rewarding feelings that come from seeking out and discovering your ancestors.

Vikings: History of Vikings: From The History of "Rune Stones" to "Norse Mythology" (Thor, Odin, Valhalla, Viking Religion, Swedish History Book 1)

By Michael J. Stewart

Released: 2017-02-03
Kindle Edition (78 pages)

Vikings: History of Vikings: From The History of "Rune Stones" to "Norse Mythology" (Thor, Odin, Valhalla, Viking Religion, Swedish History Book 1)
 
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Who were the Vikings?


Did they earn the reputation of remorseless raiders and greedy pirates?


Where they more than the mere barbarians and plunderers that history makes them out to be?


Find out the truth about the Vikings with History of Vikings: From The History of "Rune Stones" to "Norse Mythology" by Michael J. Stewart. Stewart takes you beyond rumor and speculation and into the real world of the Scandinavian seafarers known as the Vikings. You’ll get the true story, not an oversimplified Hollywood myth.


You’ll learn:



  1. Who the Vikings were and why they raided their neighbors

  2. How the Vikings used runestones to tell stories about the gods and themselves

  3. What life was like in the Viking Age for an ordinary Viking family

  4. What Vikings at war fought with and lived and died for

  5. About their myths and their pantheon of gods including Freyja, Odin, Thor, and Loki


With History of Vikings: From The History of "Rune Stones" to "Norse Mythology" by Michael J. Stewart, you get more than a simple history. This quick dip uses the study of archeological findings and surviving collections of prose and poetic works to paint an accurate picture of these famous people. Stewart presents the facts; it’s up to you to draw your own conclusions.


Don’t dismiss the Vikings as heretical barbicans. Learn how they really lived.


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A History of Sweden

By Lars O. Lagerqvist

The Swedish Institute, Stockho
Hardcover (203 pages)

A History of Sweden
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Sweden from prehistoric times through the 20th century, illustrated throughout.

A Short History of Sweden - Volume II (Illustrated)

By Victor Nilsson

Didactic Press
Released: 2014-07-22
Kindle Edition (137 pages)

A Short History of Sweden - Volume II (Illustrated)
 
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Charles XII., the most famous of Swedish kings, was a boy of fifteen at the death of his father. He was born June 17, 1682, at the castle of Stockholm. The astrologers declared that Sweden was to receive a new war-lord, and that time they were not mistaken. Charles XII. was born in the same year as the absolute monarchy of Sweden, which power he was to abuse in such a great measure. Shortly after his birth, one of the speakers of the knightly chapter house, Justice Gyllencreutz, said while warning against the consequences of an absolute power: “A king may come who follows his own will, being more fond of war than peace, or utterly extravagant. History proves that changes of the constitution generally are beset by dangerous consequences; yea, that they often have brought destruction to the country and its people.” These words were prophetic...


 
 
 

 
 
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