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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)
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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.

Swedish Death Metal

By Daniel Ekeroth

Bazillion Points
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Swedish Death Metal
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Sweden is a small country in freezing northern Europe, with less than nine million inhabitants and a reputation for Volvos, hockey players, cheap furniture, vodka, and blonde women. Since the late 1980s, however, Sweden has produced over a thousand extreme heavy metal bands, creating one of the most respected regional music scenes in the world. This is the improbable history of how a marginalized teen movement crawled from Sweden s small towns and suburbs, and found a lasting place on the world stage. Daniel Ekeroth captures the epic tale with enlightening detail, beginning with Sweden s violent loss of innocence in the 1980s, through the metal s virtual chokehold on the country during the 1990s, into the lasting legacy and global influence in the turbulent 2000s of the Sunlight guitar tone, the Gothenburg Sound, and the countless offshoots of Sweden s most lethal cultural export. Bazillion Points has extensively revised and updated a classic for this expanded edition. The ultimate insider's account of the rise of Sweden's legendary extreme metal scene, the book boasts over 450 pages, over 500 images, and scores of exclusive interviews with members of Nihilist/ Entombed, In Flames, At the Gates, Dismember, Grave, Hypocrisy, Opeth, Unleashed, Marduk, Morbid, Mob 47, Deranged, Edge of Sanity, Merciless, Therion, Liers in Wait, Carnage, Carcass, Tiamat/Treblinka, Afflicted, Repugnant, the Haunted, and other central characters. Original cover artwork by Nicke Andersson. Introduction by U.S. death metal pioneer Chris Reifert of Autopsy/Abscess/Death. Includes 120-page A-Z of Swedish Death Metal with hundreds of band histories and discographies. Rare photos and galleries of logos, band art, demo tapes, and classic Swedish death metal fanzines. Specs: 7 x9.5 x1.5 , 3lbs., 101% addictive.

Your Swedish Roots: A Step by Step Handbook

By Per Clemensson

Ancestry.com
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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.

Modern-Day Vikings: A Pracical Guide to Interacting with the Swedes (The Interact Series)

By Christina Johansson Robinowitz

Nicholas Brealey
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Modern-Day Vikings provides a window into what one world traveler called the most American of European countries: Sweden. Yet, surface similarities between the two nations conceal essential differences. Christina Robinowitz and Lisa Werner Carr provide insights and strategies for successful interactions with Swedes, whether business or social.

True to its title, Modern-Day Vikings traces some of Sweden's most ingrained cultural traits back to its Viking heritage: self-sufficiency, fairness, egalitarianism and democracy. The authors also examine Sweden's famous "cradle-to-grave" social model and explore the values underlying modern Swedish culture, such as lagom (moderation), the law of Jante (personal modesty), communication styles and business practices.

The Vikings: A New History

By Neil Oliver

Pegasus Books
Released: 2013-11-05
Kindle Edition (305 pages)

The Vikings: A New History
 
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Archaeologist Neil Oliver ventures beyond the myths about seafaring Norsemen to reveal the true lives of their chieftains, warlords, and explorers.

The Vikings are infamous for taking no prisoners, relishing cruel retribution, and priding themselves on their bloodthirsty skills as warriors. But their prowess in battle is only a small part of their story, which stretches from their Scandinavian origins to America in the West and as far as Baghdad in the East.
 
As the Vikings did not record their own history, we have to discover it for ourselves, and their tale, as Neil Oliver reveals, is an extraordinary story of a stalwart people who came from the brink of destruction to develop awesome seafaring power that reached a quarter of the way around the globe, building an empire that lasted nearly two hundred years.
 
Drawing on discoveries that have only recently come to light, Oliver follows the Vikings’ trail to uncover what drove them to embark on such extraordinary voyages more than 1,000 years ago.
 
An epic tale of one of the world’s great empires, The Vikings will fascinate all history buffs interested in finding out more about these real-life adventurers.

A History of Sweden

By Carl Grimberg

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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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.

Lucia, Child of Light: The History and Traditions of Sweden's Lucia Celebration by Florence Ekstrand (1989-06-02)

By Florence Ekstrand

Scandisk Inc
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Lucia, Child of Light: The History and Traditions of Sweden s Lucia Celebration by Florence Ekstrand (1989-06-02)
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A new, updated edition filled with history, legends, folklore, traditions and recipes celebrating Lucia Day (December 13th).

The court of Christina of Sweden and the later adventures of the Queen in exile (History of Swedish Royalty)

By Francis Henry Gribble

Released: 2018-01-22
Kindle Edition (375 pages)

The court of Christina of Sweden and the later adventures of the Queen in exile (History of Swedish Royalty)
 
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Preface The personality and proceedings of Queen Christina of Sweden were the subject of passionate controversy during her life ; and the echoes of the disputation have never quite died away. She has been praised as one who — ^her heart being touched by the divine grace— made a great sacrifice for conscience' sake. She has also been denounced as a monster of licence and cruelty : a woman, who, if she did not make a practice of murdering her lovers, at least caused one of them to be done to death in extraordinarily barbarous circumstances. As a matter of fact, while, like other people, she deserves both praise and blame, she merits neither that particular blame nor that particular praise. On the one hand, she wore the cloak of religion, almost to the last, with far too jaunty an air to be mistaken for a saint. On the other hand, the doing to death of a member of her suite in the Fontainebleau Palace — whether one styles it murder or execution — was, at any rate, no crime passioneL Monaldeschi may or may not have been a traitor — may or may not have been a liar and a slanderer ; but it is as certain as anything can be that he was not, and never had been, a lover.

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.


 
 
 

 
 
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