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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 Concise History of Sweden (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By Neil Kent

Cambridge University Press
Released: 2008-07-07
Paperback (316 pages)

A Concise History of Sweden (Cambridge Concise Histories)
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Neil Kent's book sweeps through Sweden's history from the Stone Age to the present day. Early coverage includes Viking hegemony, the Scandinavian Union, the Reformation and Sweden's political zenith as Europe's greatest superpower in the seventeenth century, while later chapters explore the Swedish Enlightenment, royal absolutism, the commitment to military neutrality and Pan-Scandinavianism. The author brings his account up to date by focusing on more recent developments: the rise of Social Democracy, the establishment of the welfare state, the country's acceptance of membership in the European Union and its progressive ecological programme. The book successfully combines the politics, economics and social and cultural mores of one of the world's most successfully functioning and humane societies. This is an informative and entertaining account for students and general readers.

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

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.

Scandinavia: A History

By Ewan Butler

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (238 pages)

Scandinavia: A History
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Here is the dramatic story of Scandinavia – from its earliest Germanic origins and Viking sea raids to its battles for independence and its involvement in World War II. Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, writes award-winning historian Ewan Butler, struggled through unions and separations, with both outsiders and each other, developing their own personalities and languages yet retaining their ancient connections

Good Sweden, Bad Sweden: The Use and Abuse of Swedish Values in a Post-Truth World

By Paul Rapacioli

Volante
Paperback (158 pages)

Good Sweden, Bad Sweden: The Use and Abuse of Swedish Values in a Post-Truth World
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You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this?

The idea of Sweden as a nation in crisis is spreading. With influential news outlets reporting stories of no-go zones, lawlessness and the banning of Christmas lights, Bad Sweden has become a compelling story told by populist leaders across the world.

In a world where truth and falsehood are merging, Bad Sweden is now challenging the Good Sweden story of exceptional social, business and creative success. But why? And for whose benefit?

This book explores the mechanisms of twisted facts, viral content and the immense power of bad news. It shows how Sweden's image is being distorted and used as a weapon in a global clash of values - and how Swedes can reclaim the narrative.

Author Paul Rapacioli is the founder of Swedish news company The Local, providing Europe's news in English to five million readers each month. Drawing on more than a decade of news coverage, Good Sweden, Bad Sweden is his inside account of how the country's story is being told in a post-truth world.

Sweden, Enlarged Edition: The Nation's History

By Franklin D. Scott

Brand: Southern Illinois University Press
Paperback (744 pages)

Sweden, Enlarged Edition: The Nation s History
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Steven Koblik’s epilogue extends Scott’s now standard text with an analysis of contemporary Swedish political, economic, and social behavior. In addition to the epilogue, Scott has made a number of alterations in the text in order to maintain the timeliness and comprehensiveness of the work.

Using a chronological-topical structure, Scott shows how and why Sweden progressed from times of backwardness to an age of military greatness, through two centuries of cultural development and relapse into poverty followed by a sudden outburst of productive energy and the creation of an exceptionally prosperous welfare state where the ideal is consensus rather than confrontation.

Of Swedish Ways

By Lilly Lorenzen

HarperCollins
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.

Swedish Exodus

By Lars Ljungmark

Brand: Southern Illinois University Press
Paperback (192 pages)

Swedish Exodus
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"America fever" gripped Sweden in the middle of the nineteenth century, seethed to a peak in 1910, when one-fifth of the world’s Swedes lived in America, cooled during World War I, and chilled to dead ash with the advent of the Great Depression in 1930.

Swedish Exodus, the first English translation and revision of Lars Ljungmark’s Den Stora Utvandringen, recounts more than a century of Swedish emigration, concentrating on such questions as who came to America, how the character of the emigrants changed with each new wave of emigration, what these people did when they reached their adopted country, and how they gradually became Americanized.

Ljungmark’s essential challenge was to capture in a factual account the broad sweep of emigration history. But often he narrows his focus to look closely at those who took part in this mass migration. Through historical records and personal letters, Ljungmark brings many of these people back to life. One young woman, for example, loved her parents, but loved America more: "I never expect to speak to you in this life. . . . Your loving daughter unto death." Like most immigrants, she never expected to return. Another immigrant wrote back seeking a wife: "I wonder how you have it and if you are living. . . . Are you married or unmarried? If you are unmarried, you can have a good home with me."

Ljungmark also focuses closely on some of the leaders: Peter Cassel, a liberal temperance supporter and free-church leader whose community in America prospered; Hans Mattson, a colonel in the Civil War and founder of a colony in Minnesota; Erik Jansson, a book burner, self-proclaimed messiah, and founder of the Bishop Hill Colony; Gustaf Unonius, a student idealist and founder of a Wisconsin colony that faltered.

The story of Swedish immigrants in the United States is the story in miniature of the greatest mass migration in human history, that of thirty-five million Europeans who left their homes to come to America. It is a human story of interest not only to Swedes but to everyone.

Swedish Interiors

By Rhonda Eleish

Brand: Gibbs Smith
Hardcover (192 pages)

Swedish Interiors
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Swedish Interiors

Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems

Swedish Interiors is the first book to share the history, progression, and key elements of Swedish style and how to use it in many different styles of homes. From the white- and blue-hued images of the familiar Gustavian style to the gold accents and luxurious patterns found in the Swedish Baroque, Rococo, and Biedermeier periods, the secret to Swedish design is in having the confidence to mix old and new while maintaining a clean and simple aesthetic.

Emphasizes light, comfort and elegance.

Is found throughout the world, proving its wide appeal and the ease with which it blends with other design styles.

The authors operate Eleish Van Breems Antiques, a renowned Swedish antiques and decorating resource. Featured on Martha Stewart Living, and in Country Living, House Beautiful, Travel & Leisure, the New York Times, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Victoria, and Yankee. Regional author tour.



 
 
 

 
 
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