Griffiths, Tony Scandinavia

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Tony Griffiths' Scandinavia is a compact, sharp, and accessible introduction to the history, politics and culture of Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark, from the Napoleonic era to the present. His lively narrative brings to life the modern history of the region, demolishing national stereotypes in the process. No other book illuminates so tellingly the salient events and personalities of modern Scandinavia, including artists, musicians, and intellectuals such as Ibsen, Bergman, Kierkegaard, Munch, and Sibelius. This combination of a detailed look at Scandinavian culture and politics within a concise and thorough history makes this book the first and only of its kind, and unravels the mysteries and misunderstandings of this region and its people.

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Tony Griffiths is an associate professor of history at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

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"The reader may set off for Scandinavia safe in the knowledge that whether conversation turns to Moomin Trolls or Gro Harlem Brundtland, she will not be in the dark."--Anglo-Norse Review
"An heroically compressed history of the politics and diplomacy by which the four nations have won and held their independence, and a witty and affectionate account of their leading writers, artists and businessmen."--Hugh Stretton, Adelaide Review
"He blends together, in a fascinating way, history, politics and culture, and draws illuminating pen pictures of the archetypal nordic heroes."--Ulf-Erik Slotte, Hufvudstadsbladet
"Griffiths gives an account of the cultural history in a general historical survey. I wish that similar surveys in Scandinavian languages also had this ambition."--Sune Jungar, Scandinavian Journal of History
"Griffiths's stated intentions are to analyze the relationship between cultural and political change by looking at Scandinavian artists and their works, and to provide an 'outsider's' view of the history of the area without the all too common parochialism and regional bias of local historians. He has succeeded remarkably well on both counts. There is an astonishing amount of information in Scandinavia's 200-odd pages, yet the lively style makes page after page read like a good story."--Marjatta Forward, Australian Book Review

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