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The History of Finland

The History of Finland

by Jason E. Lavery
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Finland has occupied the political, religious, cultural and economic border between eastern and western Europe since prehistoric times. Despite its peripheral location, the country has found itself in the mainstream of developments that created modern Europe, such as nationalism, world wars, industrialization, and the current political and economic integration. The first evidence of human life in Finland began sometime in the millennium 7,000-8,000 B.C. when small, tribal groups populated the area. In 1155, Finland became a part of the Swedish kingdom, when most of the Finnish peninsula came under the rule of the Swedish king. Finland was annexed to Russia as a result of wars between the Swedish king and Russian rulers in 1809, bringing about the Age of Autonomy or Imperial Era. The Age of Independence came when Finland's leaders declared the country's political independence in 1917 as a result of turmoil in Russia after World War I. Finland, along with several newly independent countries, had to find its place in the new Europe. The country not only did that, but created a secure and prosperous country during times of turmoil. It has emerged into a place of privilege, with high levels of prosperity, cultural achievements, and social peace.

Ideal for students and general readers, the History of Finland is part of Greenwood's Histories of Modern Nations series. With over thirty nation's histories in print, these books provide readers with a concise, up-to-date history of countries throughout the world. Reference features include a biographical section highlighting notable figures in Finland's history, a timeline of important historical events, and a bibliographical essay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313328374
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/30/2006
Series: The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 621,133
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Jason Lavery is Associate Professor of History at Oklahoma State University.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


Timeline of Historical Events

An Introcution to Finland

Finland's Origins: Prehistoic and Historic

Finland as Part of the Swedish Realm (circa 1157-1809)

The Creation of Autonomous Finland (1809-1890)

Oppression, Independence, and Civil War (1890-1918)

Finland between the World Wars (1918-1939)

Finland at War (1939-1945)

Finland during the Cold War (1944-1991)

European Finland in a Globalizing World

Notable People in the History of Finland

Selected Bibliographical Essay


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History of Finland 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good overview with none of the so-called "anti-Finnish bias" imputed by the previous reviewer. If people have an issue with a balanced account it is usually because they themselves have an agenda, and from reading LAvery's work this is what seems to have happened here. Of course issues involving war are not black and white, and the place of war in national memory deserves to be treated with scepticism. It is the place of academic authors to question national myths and narratives, and for some this is apparently unpalatable.  
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author seems to be an old lefty and turns Finland into a bad guy in WWII despite being the victim of Soviet aggression. He seems to have a personal gripe with Finland.