Scandinavian History Books

Countrymen

by Bo Lidegaard

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385350155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385350150

Amid the dark, ghastly history of World War II, the literally extraordinary story, never before fully researched by a historian, of how the Danish people banded together to save their fellow Jews from the Nazis—told through the remarkable unpublished diaries and documents of families forced to run for safety, leaving their homes and possessions behind, and of those who courageously came to their aid.

In 1943, with its king and administration weakened but intact during the Nazi occupation, Denmark did something that no other country in Western Europe even attempted. Anticipating that the German occupying powers would soon issue the long-feared order to round up the entire population of Jews for deportation to concentration camps, the Danish people stood up in defiance and resisted. The king, politicians, and ordinary civilians were united in their response—these threatened people were not simply Jews but fellow Danes who happened to be Jewish, and no one would help in rounding them up for confinement and deportation.  

While diplomats used their limited but very real power to maneuver and impede matters in both Copenhagen and Berlin, the warning that the crisis was at hand quickly spread through the Jewish community. Over fourteen harrowing days, as they were helped, hidden, and protected by ordinary people who spontaneously rushed to save their fellow citizens, an incredible 7,742 out of 8,200 Jewish refugees were smuggled out all along the coast—on ships, schooners, fishing boats, anything that floated—to Sweden.

While the bare facts of this exodus have been known for decades, astonishingly no full history of it has been written. Unfolding on a day-to-day basis, Countrymen brings together accounts written by individuals and officials as events happened, offering a comprehensive overview that underlines occupied Denmark’s historical importance to Hitler as a prop for the model Nazi state and revealing the savage conflict among top Nazi brass for control of the country. This is a story of ordinary glory, of simple courage and moral fortitude that shines out in the midst of the terrible history of the twentieth century and demonstrates how it was possible for a small and fragile democracy to stand against the Third Reich.

Viking Age: Everyday Life During the Extraordinary Era of the Norsemen

by Kirsten Wolf

  • Series: Everyday Life
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454909064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454909064

Though infamous for their pirating and raiding, active Vikings were actually only a tiny fraction of the total Scandinavian population during the so-called Viking Age. This exploration of their culture goes beyond the myths into the prosaic realities and intimate details of family life; their attitude toward the more vulnerable members of society; their famed longships and extensive travels; and the role they played in the greater community. In addition to images and maps, a timeline lays out Viking history.

The Viking World

by James Graham-Campbell

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Reprint edition (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071123468X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711234680
For 300 years, from the ninth to the eleventh centuries, the power of the Vikings dominated Western Europe. Their voyaging extended westwards to America and as far south as the Mediterranean and North Africa. As well as being warriors and accomplished seamen, they were jewellers, sculptors and poets of great skill and originality: the forts, town sites, ships, burial mounds, carved stones, place names, sagas, art and artefacts they left behind substantiate their legendary exploits.This is a revised and updated edition of James Graham-Campbell’s authoritative account of the Viking world, based on recent archaeological research, with an important chapter on ships, shipwrights and seamen from Sean McGrail. The text is complemented by a wealth of illustration, including maps and reconstruction drawings. Photographs, many of them especially commissioned, portray the brilliant products of the Vikings’ culture and the beauty and harshness of the natural world they faced.
 
A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940
by William Trotter
 
  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565122496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565122499

In 1939, tiny Finland waged war-the kind of war that spawns legends-against the mighty Soviet Union, and yet their epic struggle has been largely ignored. Guerrillas on skis, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, unfathomable endurance, and the charismatic leadership of one of this century’s true military geniuses-these are the elements of both the Finnish victory and a gripping tale of war.

Lapps and Labyrinths: Saami Prehistory, Colonization, and Cultural Resilience

by Noel D. Broadbent

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978846060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978846060

Professor Noel D. Broadbent is one of Sweden’s foremost experts on north Swedish archaeology and literally wrote the book on the prehistory of the Skellefteå region on the North Bothnian coast. This knowledge is now brought to bear on the issue of Saami origins. The focus is on the successful adaptive strategies of Saami societies over thousands of years – a testimony to Saami resiliency, of relevance to the survival of indigenous societies worldwide today.

The Vikings in History

by F. Donald Logan

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (November 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415327555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415327558

Completely updated to include important primary research, archaeological findings and debates from the last decade, this third edition of F. Donald Logan’s successful book examines the Vikings and their critical role in history.

The author uses archaeological, literary and historical evidence to analyze the Vikings’ overseas expeditions and their transformation from raiders to settlers. Focusing on the period from 800–1050, it studies the Vikings across the world, from Denmark and Sweden right across to the British Isles, the North Atlantic and the New World.

This edition includes:

  • a new epilogue explaining the aims of the book
  • updated further reading sections
  • maps and photographs.

By taking this new archaeological and primary research into account, the author provides a vital text for history students and researchers of this fascinating people.

New Approaches to Early Law in Scandinavia

by Stefan Brink

  • Series: Acta Scandinavica
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Brepols Publishers (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2503547540
  • ISBN-13: 978-2503547541

The Nordic Countries: From War to Cold War, 1944-51: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I, Vol. IX

by Tony Insall & Patrick Salmon

  • Series: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (November 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415724139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415724135

This book is a collection of diplomatic documents describing the development of British relations with the Nordic countries between the end of the Second World War and the defeat of the Labour Government in 1951.

The end of the Second World War brought hopes of building a new society in Western Europe. This volume documents Foreign Office concerns about the range of problems, both multilateral and bilateral, which still remained to be resolved in the Nordic area, and describes the evolution of policies to deal with them. The Soviet Union, which in May 1945 already occupied parts of Norway and Denmark and dominated Finland, was perceived as a growing threat. The Nordic region was considered to be of significant strategic importance during this period. The documents describe the process whereby Britain attempted to encourage Scandinavian countries away from their support for neutrality and, by enlisting American support, began the process which led to the signature of the Atlantic Treaty in 1949, signed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland. They also include material describing the establishment of Information Research Department (formed to counteract Soviet propaganda) and illustrating some of its methods. Some documents not previously in the public domain have been declassified for this volume. Most are drawn from the archives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but there are also a number of Prime Ministerial and Cabinet Office documents.

This book will be of much interest to students of the Cold War, European history, British political history, international history and IR in general.

Finland’s War of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War II

by Henrik Lunde

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate (September 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612002196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612002194

Finland’s segue from its defensive war against the Soviet Union in 1939–1940 to its offensive coalition with Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1944 remains one of the neglected aspects of WWII historiography. Lunde, an established scholar of the Scandinavian theater, demonstrates that Finland chose its path deliberately. The government was by no means unaware of the nature and objectives of National Socialism. Nor did Finland fight a “separate war” to safeguard its own security from Germany. It sought the recovery of territory lost in the Winter War and possession of Soviet Eastern Karelia. Germany’s failure to negotiate war aims and command relationships gave Finland opportunity to pursue its own objectives. Germany’s commitment of limited forces guaranteed a compartmentalized campaign that achieved limited results and left the troubled coalition vulnerable to the Soviets’ 1944 counteroffensive. Despite linguistic limitations impelling reliance on German sources, Lunde offers a solid operational analysis, stressing the Red Army’s developing ability to wage high-tech war under arctic conditions. He ascribes Soviet willingness to conclude a compromise peace as reflecting respect for Finnish fighting power. And he successfully demonstrates that dining with the Nazi devil required a longer spoon than Finland possessed.

Dear Unforgettable Brother: The Stavig Letters from Norway and America, 1881-1937

by Jane Torness Rasmussen

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: South Dakota State Historical Society (September 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986035564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986035562

The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia – Primary Source Edition

by William A. Craigie

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1289830835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1289830830

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Disputing Strategies in Medieval Scandinavia

by Kim Esmark

  • Series: Medieval Law and Its Practice (Book 16)
  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: BRILL (September 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004243674
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004243675

Points of Passage: Jewish Transmigrants from Eastern Europe in Scandinavia, Germany, and Britain 1880-1914

by Tobias Brinkman

  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books (October 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782380299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782380290
Between 1880 and 1914 several million Eastern Europeans migrated West. Much is known about the immigration experience of Jews, Poles, Greeks, and others, notably in the United States. Yet, little is known about the paths of mass migration across “green borders” via European railway stations and ports to destinations in other continents. Ellis Island, literally a point of passage into America, has a much higher symbolic significance than the often inconspicuous departure stations, makeshift facilities for migrant masses at European railway stations and port cities, and former control posts along borders that were redrawn several times during the twentieth century. This volume focuses on the journeys of Jews from Eastern Europe through Germany, Britain, and Scandinavia between 1880 and 1914. The authors investigate various aspects of transmigration including medical controls, travel conditions, and the role of the steamship lines; and also review the rise of migration restrictions around the globe in the decades before 1914.
 
The Prose Edda: Also Called Snorre’s Edda, or The Younger Edda
 
by Snorri Sturluson
 
  • Series: Norse Mythology
  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492983888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492983880
Norse Mythology The Prose Edda Also Called Snorre’s Edda, or The Younger Edda by Snorri Sturluson Introduction By Rasmus B. Anderson The Prose Edda is one of two Old Norse compilations made in Iceland in the early 13th century. Together they comprise the major store of pagan Scandinavian mythology. The Prose Edda (1223) was the work of Snorri Sturluson who planned it as a textbook for writers of skaldic poetry, prefaced by a section on the Norse cosmogony, pantheon and myths. It begins with a euhemerized Prologue followed by three distinct books: Gylfaginning (consisting of around 20,000 words), Skaldskaparmal (around 50,000 words) and Hattatal (around 20,000 words). Seven manuscripts, dating from around 1300 to around 1600, have independent textual value. The purpose of the collection was to enable Icelandic poets and readers to understand the subtleties of alliterative verse, and to grasp the meaning behind the many kenningar (compounds) that were used in skaldic poetry. The Prose Edda was originally referred to as simply the Edda, but was later called the Prose Edda to distinguish it from the Poetic Edda, a collection of anonymous poetry from earlier traditional sources compiled around the same time as the Prose Edda in 13th century Iceland. The Prose Edda is related to the Poetic Edda in that the Prose Edda cites various poems collected in the Poetic Edda as sources.
 
Reaching a State of Hope: Refugees, Immigrants and the Swedish Welfare State, 1930-2000
by Mikael Bystrom & Par Frohnert
 
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Nordic Academic Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9187351234
  • ISBN-13: 978-9187351235
 

Shedding new light on the issues concerning refugees and immigration in 20th-century Sweden, this analysis examines the implications of its immigration policies. On what grounds were refugees admitted? Where did they come from? How did the Swedish state aid its new citizens? What differences were there between refugees and the “imported labor” that was essential to Swedish industry? A group of established Swedish and international historians answer these questions against the background of the eras passed: the Second World War, the Cold War, and the labor movement that shaped the national characteristic of Sweden so deeply. Reaching a State of Hope contributes to the wider field of research on political and administrative practices around refugees historically and places the Swedish refugee and immigration experience in a European perspective.

 
The Swedish Fairy Book: Swedish fairy tales of old times
by Clara Stroebe
 
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492700606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492700609

A facsimile volume of 28 classic Swedish fairy-tales. After the best orginial sources. The most Swedish in their flavour.

Torkel Aschehoug and Norwegian Historical Economic Thought: Reconsidering a Forgotten Norwegian Pioneer Economist

by Mathilde C. Fasting

  • Series: Anthem Other Canon Economics
  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Anthem Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857280759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857280756

The historical schools of economics have been neglected within the arena of economic theory since the Second World War in favour of the now-dominant classical and neoclassical schools of economic thought. As alternative frameworks re-emerge, this book offers a revaluation of the legal theorist, economist and politician Torkel Aschehoug (1822–1909) and his historical-empirical approach to economics, a highly influential current in Norway during the last decades of the nineteenth century.

 History of Scandinavia, from the Early Times of the Northmen and Vikings to the Present Day
 
by Paul Christian Sinding
  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008P87F2A

Norway in Transition: Transforming a Stable Democracy

by Ovvind Osterud

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415378214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415378215

The transformation of Norway is a magnifying glass to processes of political change in European countries generally. In this book, a group of Norway`s most prominent political scientists closely analyzes the forces of change – ranging from the political apparatus, the mode of partisan mobilization, and the development of political trust to the new gender relations and the strains on the established elite consensus.

This volume shows how Norway is an embodiment of the Nordic Model. Norwegian society and politics have attracted wide-spread interest for three interrelated reasons – a strikingly egalitarian and cooperative model for public-private relations, a stable and rich country on the outside of the European Union, and a notable engagement in moral policy areas globally. Now the model is in flux for domestic as well as external reasons. Rule by popular consent is in question, with a more fragile chain of governance and a slow erosion of mass parties. The model is transformed from below, through the changing democratic infrastructure, as well as from above, with privatization and market reform in the public sector. The focus is Norway, but the book is a comparative analysis of a paradigm case with relevance far beyond its own borders.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the leading journal West European Politics.

 History of Gustavus Adolphus
by: John Leavitt Stevens
 
  • Hardcover: 442 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (November 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1116975467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1116975468
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts – the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
 
Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths
by Nancy Marie Brown
 
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137278870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137278876

An Indie Next pick for December 2012, Song of the Vikings brings to life Snorri Sturluson, wealthy chieftain, wily politician, witty storyteller, and the sole source of Viking lore for all of Western literature. Tales of one-eyed Odin, Thor and his mighty hammer, the trickster Loki, and the beautiful Valkyries have inspired countless writers, poets, and dreamers through the centuries, including Richard Wagner, JRR Tolkien, and Neil Gaiman, and author  Nancy  Marie Brown brings  alive the medieval  Icelandic world where it all began. She paints  a vivid picture of the Icelandic landscape, with its colossal glaciers and volcanoes, steaming hot springs, and moonscapes of ash, ice, and rock that inspired Snorri’s words, and led him to create unforgettable characters and tales. Drawing on her deep knowledge of Iceland and its history and first-hand reading of the original medieval sources, Brown  gives us a richly textured narrative, revealing a spellbinding world that continues to fascinate.

How to Be Danish: A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark

by Patrick Kingsley

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476755485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476755489
Denmark is the country of the moment. Recently named the happiest nation in the world, it’s the home of The Killing and Noma, the world’s best (and most eccentric) restaurant. We wear their sweaters, watch their thrillers, and covet their cool modern design, but how much do we really know about the Danes themselves? Part reportage, part travelogue, How to Be Danish fills in the gaps—an introduction to contemporary Danish culture that spans politics, television, food, architecture, and design.
 
 
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