A Concise History of Finland (Cambridge Concise Histories) by David Kirby

By David Kirby

Few nations in Europe have passed through such speedy social, political and financial adjustments as Finland has over the past fifty years. David Kirby right here units out the attention-grabbing historical past of this northern nation, for hundreds of years at the east-west divide of Europe, a rustic no longer blessed by means of nature, such a lot of whose population nonetheless earned a residing from farming fifty years in the past, yet which this day is among the so much wealthy participants of the ecu Union. He indicates how this small nation used to be capable not just to outlive in peace and struggle but additionally to maintain and enhance its personal hugely distinct id, neither Scandinavian nor jap eu. He lines the evolution of the assumption of a Finnish nationwide kingdom, from the lengthy centuries as a part of the Swedish realm, via self-government in the Russian Empire, and into the stormy and tragic delivery of the self sufficient kingdom within the 20th century.

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