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Norwegian-American Studies; Volume 34

Lovoll, Odd S. (Editor)

Published by The Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, MN, 1995
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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ix, [3], 360, [2] pages. Illustrations. Notes. Recent Publications. Pencil erasure residue on fep. Norwegian-American Historical Association publishes scholarly books, documenting research and interpretations of the American experience of immigrants from Norway. On 4th day of February, 1926, the Norwegian-American Historical Association was incorporated by Knut Gjerset, Birger Osland, and O. E. Rolvaag. The organization was founded at St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota. Although the association is still located on the campus of St. Olaf, both institutions are independent entities. Theodore C. Blegen served as managing editor for publications from 1925 until his retirement in 1960. His devotion to high standards of historical scholarship enabled the Norwegian-American Historical Association to achieve a reputation as a learned society. Later editors have included Kenneth O. Bjork from 1960 until 1980 and Odd S. Lovoll from 1980 until 2001. Ole E. Rolvaag, the author of Giants in the Earth, became the association's first secretary and archivist. Rolvaag initiated the collection of archives including letters, papers, books, periodicals, photographs, diaries and newspapers related to Norwegian-American life. The association promotes Norwegian-American historical research and literary work; and helps maintain and develop archives of Norwegian-American historical material. The association has published nearly one hundred books of scholarly merit; promoted Norwegian-American historical research and literary work and preserved of materials of historical significance. Among the articles is one on Thorstein Veblen (born Torsten Bunde Veblen; July 30, 1857 - August 3, 1929) who was a Norwegian-American economist and sociologist. He was famous as a witty critic of capitalism. Veblen is famous for the idea of "conspicuous consumption". Conspicuous consumption, along with "conspicuous leisure", is performed to demonstrate wealth or mark social status. Veblen explains the concept in his best-known book, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899). Within the history of economic thought, Veblen is considered the leader of the institutional economics movement. Veblen's distinction between "institutions" and "technology" is still called the Veblenian dichotomy by contemporary economists. As a leading intellectual of the Progressive Era, Veblen attacked production for profit. His emphasis on conspicuous consumption greatly influenced the socialist thinkers who sought a non-Marxist critique of capitalism and technological determinism. Bookseller Inventory # 73857

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Title: Norwegian-American Studies; Volume 34

Publisher: The Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, MN

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Edition: Presumed First Edition, First printing.

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