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History of Finland

By (author) John H. Wuorinen
Genres: History
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York, United States
Published: 31st Jul 1965
Dimensions: w 160mm h 250mm
Weight: 904g
ISBN-10: 023102777X
ISBN-13: 9780231027779
Barcode No: 9780231027779

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Finland seems to occupy a position among modern historians comparable to its location on the globe - a border area of Europe, parts of which fall within a scholastic Arctic circle. And yet, this staunchly independent nation presents a revealing and, in many ways, unique envelopment, enough to bring it into the more populated areas of historical scholarship. The author of this comprehensive view, a professor at Columbia and author of two more specialized books on his native country, starts here with Finnish beginnings in the earliest Middle/Ages and follows the standard lines of political and economic history all the way to the present. (Cultural and intellectual history is conspicuously absent, but then this isa one volume offering). As a part of Sweden for several centuries, Finland began early to develop its persistent nationalism and eventually won autonomy as a constitutional democracy in 1809. Eleven decades later, another and more telling fight for independence occurred, this time against Russia and the process of "Russification." The Communists lost in Finland and the nation became an independent Republic, bringing its legacy of democracy with it. This author emphasizes that Finnish neutrality is designed solely to prevent Russian aggression and keep her borders solvent, This is, then, a basic history - too basic to be definitive, although there is a definite historical point of view established. It is a good job - and an important reference, primarily for those scholars who wish to bring Finland closer to the center of the modern historical eye. (Kirkus Reviews)