A Concise History of Sweden

A Concise History of Sweden

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.

Title:A Concise History of Sweden
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780521812849
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    A Concise History of Sweden Reviews

  • Horace Derwent

    尼尔·肯特的书纵览了瑞典从石器时代直到今天的历史。前面的章节涉及维京霸权、北欧联盟、宗教改革和瑞典作为欧洲最强大的超级大国在17世纪达到...

  • Stenwjohnson

    Unless you’re looking for a book on the Vikings or want to learn about Northern Europe’s past through the lens of Norse sagas, there’s very little Scandinavian history in English to choose from....

  • Ryan

    I wanted a short read for a trip to Sweden, and at less than 300 pages this was a nice overview of the history. It does move quite quickly, and it is hard to digest given its fast pace, but I enjoyed ...

  • Kirsten

    Well, it lives up to its name in that it is concise.However, it also needs a thorough editing. It is riddled with typos (seriously, how do you misspell Astrid Lindgren's name?!) and run-on sentences t...

  • Sander Boek

    A thorough but boring history. When a complete history of a country has to be told in less than 300 pages, you can't have it all. The emphasis is more on socio-economic history (especially in the more...

  • Signy

    It was interesting to read about specifically Swedish history, though the book is not written from a neutral perspective. I found the author's distinctly Christian capitalist tone and interpretation o...

  • Ian McGaffey

    This was a interesting overview of Sweden from the time of the Vikings to the modern day. While necessarily brief on some topics I have a few things I want to learn more about. I look forward to readi...

  • Ral

    Historia breve y amena de Suecia. Unas 320 páginas Editorial Akal tiene sobre la mayoría d los países d Europa. Merecen la pena. Salvo q quieras algo más en profundidad....

  • Raul

    I was on my way to Stockholm, on my first trip to Sewdwn, and and had just a 2 days to learn about its people and history. This book fit the bill perfectly. It covers pre-history to modern times, and ...

  • Jacob Hedlund

    My ancestors came to America from Sweden a few generations ago, and I always wanted to know more about the country they came from. This book was a very ease and quickly covers the very beginning to 20...