- Paperback: 447 pages
- Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816637997
- ISBN-13: 978-0816637997
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland 1st Edition
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But the writing is fairly tedious, with no nice high-level summaries to help you put what is going on in perspective, both relative to the region and its own history, and to what was going on elsewhere in Europe. I gave up after 60 pages or so. There's a lot of information, but it's not telling a compelling story.
This is virtually nothing but an endless litany of names, dates, and places, barely held together by nebulous chapter themes (ex: "Monarchies in Equipoise").
My wife and I are taking a three week trip throughout Scandinavia, and I sought an interesting historical overview as background. This book is not it. I was a bit concerned since it originally published in 1977, but with 12 printings, I assumed it must have been updated (...wrong...) and was an interesting read (...wrong again...). There's only one illustration in the entire 400 page tome, and it's an out-of-date map.
Definitely written by a scholar for other scholars. Perhaps this book would be of interest to someone willing to spend a year deciphiring some runic inscription ... but for anyone seeking an interesting understanding of Scandinavian history, peoples and culture, this is death by detail.
It does cover my favorite woman in history, Margaret I. After the viking era the Northern peoples went into decline. She united Scandinavia in the Kalmar Union. That union would have changed european history if her successors had her talent. The great powers like England and the Hanseatic League exploited internal cracks to tear it apart. The North again went into decline so it could not defend its neutrality with Napoleon or Hitler.
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Scandinavia does not include Finland or Iceland. The Finnish are a very different people. Scandinavia is only Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Look it up.Published 1 month ago by Charles
It was okay,I learned more that I had to start with,the book was realaying and hard to get into.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just finished "The Vikings" and this book is a great sequel. The first chapter's prehistory is particularly well done ... wish I'd read that before "The Vikings. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by George Innis