Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Scandinavia provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of the Scandinavian countries from the close of the Middle Ages through to the formation of the nation states in the mid-nineteenth century. Beginning in 1520, the opening chapters of the volume discuss the reformation of the Nordic states and the enormous impact this had on the social structures, cultural identities and traditions of individual countries. With contributions from 38 leading historians, the book charts the major developments that unfolded within this crucial period of Scandinavian history. Chapters address topics such as material growth and the centralisation of power in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as the evolution of trade, foreign policy and client states in the eighteenth century. Volume 2 concludes by discussing the new economic and social orders of the nineteenth century in connection with the emergence of the nation states.
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An illustrated, authoritative history of the Scandinavian countries from the close of the Middle Ages through to the formation of the nation states in the mid-nineteenth century. Beginning in 1520, the book discusses the impact of the Reformation, as well as social change, economic development, trade and Europeanisation.About the Author:
E. I. Kouri is Professor Emeritus of General History at the University of Helsinki. He is a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions.
Jens E. Olesen holds the Chair for Nordic History at the University of Greifswald. He is a specialist on Nordic history, dealing especially with late medieval/Reformation and early modern history of Scandinavia and Finland. He has published extensively on the Kalmar Union and on the struggle for the Baltic between Denmark-Norway and Sweden.
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