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A History of the Swedish People: Volume 1: From Prehistory to the Renaissance

By Vilhelm Moberg

Moberg, Vilhelm/ Myrdal, Gunnar (FRW)/ Austin, Paul Britten (TRN)
Paperback (224 pages)

A History of the Swedish People: Volume 1: From Prehistory to the Renaissance
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Beginning in prehistoric times and culminating with the Dacke rebellion of 1542, renowned novelist Vilhelm Moberg's two-volume popular history of the Swedish people approaches its subject from the viewpoint of the common people, documenting peasants' lives as well as those of the royal families. In this first volume Moberg examines Viking raids, the coming of Christianity, and the Folkungs royal dynasty, whose tyrannical reign lasted from 1250 to the 1360s. He vividly describes the arrival of the Black Death from a ship that docked carrying only dead passengers, and he recounts the reign of Queen Margareta who founded the Kalmar Union, comprising all of Scandinavia. In every chapter, Moberg faithfully imparts how history affected "the whole people" of Sweden.

A History of the Swedish People: Volume II: From Renaissance to Revolution

By Vilhelm Moberg

Brand: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Paperback (288 pages)

A History of the Swedish People: Volume II: From Renaissance to Revolution
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In the second volume of his vivid history of the Swedes, Vilhelm Moberg brings his focus on the common people to bear on a period that included two dramatic revolts: the national insurrection under Engelbrekt and the last desperate attempt of the Smaland peasantry to retain their medieval liberties - a defiance bloodily crushed by King Gustav Vasa. Using a wide variety of local historical source materials, Moberg studies the ruthless monarch Vasa and his two tragic opponents: the psychopathic Christian II of Denmark and Nils Dracke, the leader of the Smalanders. Furthermore, he examines the enigmatic and wide appeal of the Swedish forest and investigates the origins of the Swedish hatred of Danes, which was implanted by propaganda through songs commissioned by Karl VIII's chancellery.Moberg's history has been widely hailed by the Swedish press as a masterpiece of popular history writing and has been an all-time best-seller in Swedish bookstores.

Of Swedish Ways

By Lily Lorenzen

Harper Perennial
Released: 1992-06-19
Multicolor Paperback (288 pages)

Of Swedish Ways
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Here is a book filled with the sights and sounds of a people steeped in a background of fine old traditions. It is a charming account of Swedish customs that goes beyond their democratic monarchy, their progressive social-welfare programs, their avant-garde movies, and their excellence of design.

For Swedish-Americans this book will have special meaning: the joy of reminiscing about those traditions (some possibly forgotten) that enriched and helped shape their lives. For their children it is a journey to a world they may not know of first hand. And for the tourist it affords a unique behind-the-scenes look not to be found in travel books, and is certain to enhance the pleasure of their visit.

Your Swedish Roots: A Step by Step Handbook

By Per Clemensson

Ancestry.com
Paperback (224 pages)

Your Swedish Roots: A Step by Step Handbook
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Get a start on your Swedish family history with Your Swedish Roots, a step-by-step handbook to help guide you in researching your Swedish ancestors. First, learn general information about Sweden, Swedish naming practices, and the Swedish language. These basics will help you research names of ancestors and search through Swedish records with greater ease. Next, learn what Swedish records are available, where to find them, and how to use them. Swedish church records will be one of the most value to you, as they are very complete and well preserved. Finally, follow sample cases on particular Swedish families to learn helpful research steps for your own family history. As you learn about your Swedish ancestry, you will experience the rewarding feelings that come from seeking out and discovering your ancestors.

Vasa I: The Archaeology of a Swedish Royal Ship of 1628 (Statens Maritima Museer (National Maritime Museum of Sweden))

By Carl Olof Cederlund

Brand: Statens Maritima Museer (The Swedish State Maritime Museum)
Hardcover (400 pages)

Vasa I: The Archaeology of a Swedish Royal Ship of 1628 (Statens Maritima Museer (National Maritime Museum of Sweden))
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This book is the first in a new series of monographs to be published on Sweden's royal ship, Vasa , which sank on its maiden voyage on August 10th 1628. Volume I will put the series in context, presenting the background to the ship's story, its excavation and salvage, as well as an overview of the the finds and their context. Future volumes will examine the armaments, the engineering and the on-board community of the ship, as well as its place in society.

Swedish Exodus

By Lars Ljungmark

Brand: Southern Illinois University Press
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Swedish Exodus
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"America fever" gripped Sweden in the middle of the nineteenth century, seethed to a peak in 1910, when one-fifth of the world’s Swedes lived in America, cooled during World War I, and chilled to dead ash with the advent of the Great Depression in 1930.

Swedish Exodus, the first English translation and revision of Lars Ljungmark’s Den Stora Utvandringen, recounts more than a century of Swedish emigration, concentrating on such questions as who came to America, how the character of the emigrants changed with each new wave of emigration, what these people did when they reached their adopted country, and how they gradually became Americanized.

Ljungmark’s essential challenge was to capture in a factual account the broad sweep of emigration history. But often he narrows his focus to look closely at those who took part in this mass migration. Through historical records and personal letters, Ljungmark brings many of these people back to life. One young woman, for example, loved her parents, but loved America more: "I never expect to speak to you in this life. . . . Your loving daughter unto death." Like most immigrants, she never expected to return. Another immigrant wrote back seeking a wife: "I wonder how you have it and if you are living. . . . Are you married or unmarried? If you are unmarried, you can have a good home with me."

Ljungmark also focuses closely on some of the leaders: Peter Cassel, a liberal temperance supporter and free-church leader whose community in America prospered; Hans Mattson, a colonel in the Civil War and founder of a colony in Minnesota; Erik Jansson, a book burner, self-proclaimed messiah, and founder of the Bishop Hill Colony; Gustaf Unonius, a student idealist and founder of a Wisconsin colony that faltered.

The story of Swedish immigrants in the United States is the story in miniature of the greatest mass migration in human history, that of thirty-five million Europeans who left their homes to come to America. It is a human story of interest not only to Swedes but to everyone.

A History of Sweden

By Lars O. Lagerqvist

The Swedish Institute, Stockho
Hardcover (203 pages)

A History of Sweden
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Sweden from prehistoric times through the 20th century, illustrated throughout.

A Short History of Sweden - Volume II (Illustrated)

By Victor Nilsson

Didactic Press
Released: 2014-07-22
Kindle Edition (137 pages)

A Short History of Sweden - Volume II (Illustrated)
 
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Charles XII., the most famous of Swedish kings, was a boy of fifteen at the death of his father. He was born June 17, 1682, at the castle of Stockholm. The astrologers declared that Sweden was to receive a new war-lord, and that time they were not mistaken. Charles XII. was born in the same year as the absolute monarchy of Sweden, which power he was to abuse in such a great measure. Shortly after his birth, one of the speakers of the knightly chapter house, Justice Gyllencreutz, said while warning against the consequences of an absolute power: “A king may come who follows his own will, being more fond of war than peace, or utterly extravagant. History proves that changes of the constitution generally are beset by dangerous consequences; yea, that they often have brought destruction to the country and its people.” These words were prophetic...

Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire

By R. Nisbet Bain

Pasquil House
Released: 2018-02-04
Kindle Edition (186 pages)

Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire
 
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In 1700, a triple alliance of Denmark-Norway, Saxony-Poland-Lithuania and Russia launched a threefold attack upon Swedish lands.

Standing against them was the young king, Charles XII, who had been on the throne for three years and was a mere eighteen years old.


Yet in spite of the overwhelming odds stacked against his kingdom, Charles XII, fought back against the triple alliance and won a decisive victory at Narva, forcing Peter the Great of Russia to sue for peace.

But rather than accepting peace Charles pushed onwards and six years later had forced all of his foes into submission.

This was one of the most remarkable military turnarounds that have ever been recorded in history.

Yet despite Charles’ phenomenal victories against overwhelming odds he was eventually defeated by a Russian force with over twice as many men as he had at the Battle of Poltava.

In the years following this Charles fled into exile in the Ottoman Empire before returning to attempt one last ditch attempt to defeat his enemies and return the Swedish Empire to its former glories.

Robert Nisbet Bain’s fascinating work Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire records in fascinating detail the advent and subsequent demise of this remarkable leader.

R. Nisbet Bain was a British historian and linguist who worked for the British Museum. Bain was a fluent linguist who could use over twenty languages. Besides translating a number of books he also used his skills to write learned books on foreign people and folklore. His book Charles XII and the Collapse of the Swedish Empire was first published in 1895 and he passed away in 1909.



 
 
 

 
 
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