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  • Series: Cambridge Concise Histories
  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052183225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521832250
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,548,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2007 Outstanding Academic Title -- Choice Magazine

"In his impressive work...University College of London Professor David Kirby exemplifies both the importance of Finland to the expansion of the Swedish and Russian empires and the struggle to attain an independent Finnish identity amidst unwavering interference by its neighbors to the east and west." -Kenneth Shonk Jr., World History Bulletin

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An up-to-date political, social and economic history of Finland from medieval times to the present. David Kirby traces the evolution of Finland's distinctive identity and of the Finnish national state from the long centuries under Swedish rule, through self-government within the Russian Empire, to independence in the twentieth century.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. M. Bolton on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
For those who love Finland and would love to know the history of this small nation which is having such an impact on the world right now, this is the book for you. You can read with a curiosity that is guaranteed to be satisfied. You'll find yourself turning pages eager to know more. But you must be prepared for lengthy spells of academic reading. It is not an easy quick "read." You must surely have a love for Finnish people and for all things Finnish and a great abiding interest in the discipline of history, especially political history. You will find out how Finland has come to be. It has excellent appendices, including a list of the nation's key dates of events in history, political statistics, an extensive guide to further reading, a comprehensive index, and good notes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Chaitin on February 22, 2010
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This book does what it says on the tin, in that it is concise history of Finland. However, that's about it. If you are looking for any sort of depth into the events, this is not the book for you. Secondly, if you are looking for something that's fairly readable, this is not the book for you. There are numerous sentence format errors throughout this book, which caused me to have to reread parts over and over again, and I still don't actually know what he was trying to communicate. There are also frequent spelling errors, which cause me to wonder if this book was edited by anyone.

Mr. Kirby's focus is very clearly academia, as he frequently goes into depth about the various happenings at the primary universities. The most notable was a full two pages about a number of papers, which Mr. Kirby dismisses as fairly unimportant. However, a major political and cultural turning point (acknowledged as such by Mr. Kirby) gets a sentence. This sort of imbalance in focus is consistent throughout all chapters of the book. I was specifically hoping that this book would give me an overview of the major points of their history, so that I would then know which areas and aspects I wished to delve further into, but sadly this book did not deliver as I wanted. I would not purchase this item again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John F. Porter on March 10, 2010
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A splendidly well-researched history. David Kirby gives a refreshingly rare even-handed review of the civil war period. Also, he approaches the often-confusing politics of the post WW2 period with clarity and I particularly enjoyed his appraisal of the 'reign' of Urho Kekkonen. It is difficult to be sufficiently exhaustive in such a concise history and I would love to read a more expansive history by the same author.A Concise History of Finland (Cambridge Concise Histories)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pablo Rodas on June 27, 2011
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The books is good: well researched and a clear description of Finland's history. The historical relation with Sweden, Russia and Germany is well presented. The emphasis, however, is too much on the political development (e.g., the elections, the parliamentary alliances, the presidents). But it is not clear how Finland economy has transformed from a natural resource based economy towards a knowledge one. The education and cultural process is also not clearly presented. I would have liked a more balanced book regarding the different topics.
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