A History of Sweden

A History of Sweden

A History of Sweden

A History of Sweden

Excerpt

Few fields of historical research have been more neglected by English scholars than the history of Scandinavia. While our historians have in recent years made notable contributions to the history of most of the smaller countries of Europe, from Holland to Rumania, from Portugal to Poland -- to say nothing of Cyprus and Latin America -- the Scandinavian countries have attracted the merest handful of enquirers. The majority of English historians derive their ideas of Swedish history either from the austere pages of large-scale co-operative enterprises such as The Cambridge Modern History, or from such introductions to the subject -- admirable in themselves, but all too short -- as Svanström and Palmstierna's History of Sweden. At all events, a history of Sweden in English, covering the ground in one volume on a generous scale, and representative of informed contemporary opinion in Sweden, has long been an urgent need. And it has been obvious for more than a decade that what we really wanted was a good translation of Dr Andersson's book. Here at last we have it.

Before 1943, when the first edition of this book appeared, Dr Andersson had been known in Sweden as a distinguished representative of Swedish academic historiography: acute, learned, rigorous in analysis of sources, and with that wide range of expertise -- in his case from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries -- which Swedish historians appear to command with such enviable ease. His interests had latterly appeared to be centred on the sixteenth century; and a remarkable series of studies of the middle years of that period had culminated in Erik XIV, an acknowledged classic of Swedish historical biography. When the History of Sweden . . .

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