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A Short History of Finland Paperback – October 13, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0521647014 ISBN-10: 0521647010 Edition: 2nd

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"One can indeed gain a substantial knowledge of Finnish history by reading the book..." Ralph V. Larson, Scandinavian Studies

Book Description

This second edition presents the reader with a clear and concise summary of Finnish history and geography. It traces the historical development of the country from its settlement by the Finns in the first millenium AD, exploring Finland's earlier connection with Sweden, the complex relationship with Russia, the post-war achievements of the second republic, and discusses the impact of the break-up of the Soviet Union on Finland and brings events up to the country's admission to the European Union in 1995.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (October 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521647010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521647014
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
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This book delivers exactly what its title suggests, "A Short History of Finland". From the earliest prehistoric beginnings to the sea-change in Finnish foreign policy with its membership in the EU in '95, this work outlines all significant events in Finnish history. Contains several appendices with Tsar Alexander's declaration, petition to the Bolshevik government for independence, and the 1948 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation. The second edition was completed by a different author, but the revisions are seamless- the reader cannot detect any changes of style or editing.
I would have given this book 5-stars, except for what I believe is an inordinate amount of paper given to the rise and machinations of the left in Finnish politics. Given the original author's admitted interest in left-wing politics, this is probably unavoidable. However, the space could have been better used to flesh out chapters on the Russo-Finnish war, Continuation War and the involvement of the Soviets in Finnish politics post-war. For future editions, the author may wish to include the 1947 peace treaty along with the 1948 treaty in the Appendices. So maybe 4 1/2 is more accurate.
If you are a tourist or business person who wants more history than is presented in the usual tour guide, or are a student looking for background on aspects of Scandinavian history, get this book. Besides, you can probably finish it on the flight to Helsinki...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roger Williams on October 23, 2000
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This book provides a brief, but very comprehensive, history of Finland from the bronze age to the twentieth century. I found the extensive details on the early history of Swedish-Finnish expansion extremely helpful, although the book is a bit skimpy on the topic of the Finnish civil war. The book rightfully calls itself a "short" history, but it's a satisfying overview.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
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Ditto what the reader from Las Vegas said. It seemed a little bit too thin, but then it is called "A Short History". Given that it is so short, there should have been a little bit less about political machinations and the Left, and the space saved should have been used to say a little bit more about the military history, economics, culture, emigratin, etc. Also, the prose style, while readable, does not sparkle. But these are minor quibbles. For the most part, the book is what it claims to be.
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By Cynthia D. Carlson on January 17, 2013
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This is a concise history of major historical events of Finland. Well written, easy to read and in excellent condition.
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