A History of Finland (Columbia/Hurst)

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9780231701921: A History of Finland (Columbia/Hurst)

Henrik Meinander captures the fascinating contours of Finnish history, culture, and society in this brisk and bold portrait. He begins with the country's early history as a member of the Swedish kingdom and follows through to its later years as an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian empire. He concludes with Finland's gradual transformation into a conscious nation and its current flourishing as an independent, modernized state.

Meinander's research concentrates on the Baltic region, connecting the trajectory of Finnish history to major moments in Europe's social, political, and structural development. He merges politics, economics, and culture to illuminate the use of Finland's natural resources by other countries and their absorption of Finland's heritage and technological innovations. Meinander devotes a significant portion of his study to Finland's contemporary history as well, exploring the country's prominent involvement in recent Baltic and European events and assessing their likely effect on Finland's future development.

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Henrik Meinander is professor of history at the University of Helsinki and the author of many acclaimed books on Finnish and Nordic history. He is a former curator of the Mannerheim Museum in Helsinki and head of the Finnish Institute in Stockholm.

Tom Geddes has translated numerous novels and biographies from Swedish and Norwegian into English, and he is the recipient of the Bernard Shaw Prize and the Swedish Academy Prize.

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Praise for the Swedish edition of A History of Finland : " A History of Finland is an extraordinarily readable and well-balanced book. Henrik Meinander's clarity of vision has placed Finland in a Nordic and European perspective, as well as skillfully weaving political, economic, and cultural developments into an integral whole."—Lennart Berntson, Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm"Neither publisher nor author was lacking self-confidence when they decided to produce a survey of Finnish history from the Ice Age to Lordi's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest..... Henrik Meinander is a master of elegant compression and writes with precision and subtlety.... The result is a genuinely entertaining read."-Jukka Tarkka, Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki"Henrik Meinander has managed to blend everything into his presentation, from the Ice Age to the NATO question. The style is elegant but at the same time so full of substance that the reader is both drawn along by the text and continually surprised by the impact the choice of a few particular words can have on the overall picture."-Jari-Pekka Vuorela, Aamulehti, Tampere"Henrik Meinander is scholarly and analytical, and a gifted stylist. He draws conclusions without being contentious.... His History of Finland is never rigid or overstated, and is permeated with a scholarship and a delight in words that make for a pleasurable and intellectual adventure. This is no argumentative attempt to be different-yet the fact that it is shows the book's scope and intellectual strength."-Birger Thölix, Vasabladet, Vaasa

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