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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)
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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.

Modern-Day Vikings: A Pracical Guide to Interacting with the Swedes (The Interact Series)

By Christina Johansson Robinowitz

Nicholas Brealey
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Modern-Day Vikings provides a window into what one world traveler called the most American of European countries: Sweden. Yet, surface similarities between the two nations conceal essential differences. Christina Robinowitz and Lisa Werner Carr provide insights and strategies for successful interactions with Swedes, whether business or social.

True to its title, Modern-Day Vikings traces some of Sweden's most ingrained cultural traits back to its Viking heritage: self-sufficiency, fairness, egalitarianism and democracy. The authors also examine Sweden's famous "cradle-to-grave" social model and explore the values underlying modern Swedish culture, such as lagom (moderation), the law of Jante (personal modesty), communication styles and business practices.

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.

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 History of Sweden

By Carl Grimberg

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (436 pages)

A History of Sweden
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For many Americans, Sweden used to conjure images of Viking raiders and settlers. By contrast, contemporary Sweden is one of the world's most advanced nations in terms of politics, social welfare, gender equality, standard of living, technology, the arts, and participation in regional and global developments. Nordstrom traces the history of Sweden, detailing its prehistory and Viking past. This book shows how a country governed for years by a European monarchial system slowly—and at times grudgingly—changed into the egalitarian, democratic system of today. Starting with an introduction on Sweden's geography, people, and government, Nordstrom examines the political and cultural history of the country in six chapters. Also included are a bibliographical essay, an index, and a biographical section with portraits of more than 50 noteworthy Swedes, making this narrative account is the most up-to-date general history of Sweden available.

The Vikings: A New History

By Neil Oliver

Pegasus Books
Released: 2013-11-05
Kindle Edition (305 pages)

The Vikings: A New History
 
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Archaeologist Neil Oliver ventures beyond the myths about seafaring Norsemen to reveal the true lives of their chieftains, warlords, and explorers.

The Vikings are infamous for taking no prisoners, relishing cruel retribution, and priding themselves on their bloodthirsty skills as warriors. But their prowess in battle is only a small part of their story, which stretches from their Scandinavian origins to America in the West and as far as Baghdad in the East.
 
As the Vikings did not record their own history, we have to discover it for ourselves, and their tale, as Neil Oliver reveals, is an extraordinary story of a stalwart people who came from the brink of destruction to develop awesome seafaring power that reached a quarter of the way around the globe, building an empire that lasted nearly two hundred years.
 
Drawing on discoveries that have only recently come to light, Oliver follows the Vikings’ trail to uncover what drove them to embark on such extraordinary voyages more than 1,000 years ago.
 
An epic tale of one of the world’s great empires, The Vikings will fascinate all history buffs interested in finding out more about these real-life adventurers.

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.

The Swedish Secret: What the United States Can Learn from Sweden’s Story

By Earl Gustafson

Syren Book Company
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The Swedish Secret: What the United States Can Learn from Sweden’s Story
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Imagine a country where very few people are homeless; there has been no war for 200 years; there is high-quality health care for all; there is excellent free public education a living wage is the norm and there is low unemployment; voter participation is high and political advertising on TV and radio is prohibited by law; the economy grows without creating extremes of wealth alongside poverty; and there is little national debt. You don’t have to imagine this country. It is Sweden today. The Swedish Secret: What the United States Can Learn from Sweden’s Story elucidates the remarkable similarities and differences between two cultures that have shared similar paths yet now inhabit markedly different spheres. Earl Gustafson, a former Minnesota state senator and judge, contrasts Sweden—small, wealthy, egalitarian, neutral—with the United States: huge, rich, and at odds with itself and the world. He traces the historical, economic, and social conditions of each country, describes the divergent and ultimately successful course taken by Sweden, and explores what the United States can learn from its counterpart’s example.

Christina of Sweden by Ida Ashworth Taylor (History of Swedish Royalty)

By Ida Ashworth Taylor

Released: 2018-01-23
Kindle Edition (365 pages)

Christina of Sweden by Ida Ashworth Taylor (History of Swedish Royalty)
 
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CRISTINA of Sweden has sometimes been considered one of those problems that history has failed to solve. " On est en peine," says Arvede Barine, *' de decider si elle fut sincere, ou si elle se moqua de I'Europe." At first sight the doubt may seem to be justified, but when the evidence has been examined it will be found that there is little to support it. What Christina believed herself to be, that she strove to show herself to the world. Her inordinate self-satisfaction robbed her of any motive to appear other than she was. Of data to enable the student to arrive at a comprehension of her singular character there is no lack. Her life, from childhood upwards, was lived in public ; she was, from first to last, a centre of interest. Her enemies were envenomed, her friends enthusiastic ; all had much to say and to write about her. Above all, her numerous letters, her maxims, the fragment of her autobiography, supply abundance of material for the formation of a conclusion. ^* One should speak neither good nor ill of oneself," she once wrote, ^' and should occasions arise when one is perhaps compelled to do so, it should be done in few words and ended as quickly as possible." But the occasions when Christina found herself called upon to take the world into her confidence were, fortunately for her biographers, many. *' Sous le nom de sa vie," says Rousseau of another, " il fait son apologie." Christina was ever engaged in making her apology, and whether or not we may be successful in divining her true nature and character, no doubt is left as to her own estimate of it. Christina has been the subject of many books in divers languages. The four quarto volumes printed by M. Arckenholtz in the middle of the eighteenth century contain, in an immense and confused mass of matter, most of what was known about her at that date, in the shape of memoirs, autobiographical fragments or notes, original compositions, letters and pieces justificatives^ with foot-notes including copious quotations from other writers. Episodes or phases of her career, such as her relations with Descartes, or her life in Italy, have been separately treated. Madame de Motteville and Mademoiselle de Montpensier, amongst contemporaries, have left detailed accounts of her visits to France. Scandal-mongers have made themselves busy with her private life and her household. But incomparably the most valuable of later writings are the two volumes — Christine de Suede et le Cardinal AzzolinOy and Christine de Suede et le Conclave de Clement X. — by the Baron de Bildt, containing a large number of her letters, hitherto unpublished, to Cardinal Azzolino. As in the case of all strongly marked characters, opinions concerning Christina are likely to differ widely. By some critics, once more to quote Arvede Barine, she will be regarded, in spite of her intellectual brilliancy, as *' un monstre au moral." Some, judging her by the most notorious incident of her life, will call her, with Walpole, an heroic murderess. But others, allowing their due weight to extenuating circumstances, will abstain from wholesale condemnation. Her own language, in the dedication of her memoirs to God, is, notwithstanding the acknowledgment of faults and failings, the language of a saint. Christina, it is certain, was no saint. Whether her record was as dark as it has been considered in some quarters the reader must decide. The greater number of the portraits are taken from the original pictures in Sweden, and have been procured by the kindness of Sir Cecil Spring Rice, British Minister at Stockholm.


 
 
 

 
 
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