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History of the Swedish People Volume 2

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Publisher Comments:

In the second volume of his vivid history of the Swedes, Vilhelm Moberg brings his focus on the common people to bear on a period that included two dramatic revolts:  the national insurrection under Engelbrekt and the last desperate attempt of the Smaland peasantry to retain their medieval liberties - a defiance bloodily crushed by King Gustav Vasa.  Using a wide variety of local historical source materials, Moberg studies the ruthless monarch Vasa and his two tragic opponents:  the psychopathic Christian II of Denmark and Nils Dracke, the leader of the Smalanders.  Furthermore, he examines the enigmatic and wide appeal of the Swedish forest and investigates the origins of the Swedish hatred of Danes, which was implanted by propaganda through songs commissioned by Karl VIII's chancellery.

Moberg's history has been widely hailed by the Swedish press as a masterpiece of popular history writing and has been an all-time best-seller in Swedish bookstores.

Book News Annotation:

This is a reprint of a 1973 English translation of a work first published in Swedish in 1971. King Gustav Vasa made short work of his primary opponents, a group of peasants fighting to retain their rights and a king who could be both the best friend and worst enemy of his subjects. Moberg describes the complicated political and social issues behind the revolts, rebellions, and revolutions that marked the lives of the Swedish people up to the time of the Dacke revolt, how the Swedes came to associate their lands with their spiritual lives, and how their popular songs and other propaganda contributed to the long-standing animosity between Sweden and Denmark.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In the second volume of his vivid history of the Swedes, Vilhelm Moberg brings his focus on the common people to bear on a period that included two dramatic revolts: the national insurrection under Engelbrekt and the last desperate attempt of the Smaland peasantry to retain their medieval liberties - a defiance bloodily crushed by King Gustav Vasa. Using a wide variety of local historical source materials, Moberg studies the ruthless monarch Vasa and his two tragic opponents: the psychopathic Christian II of Denmark and Nils Dracke, the leader of the Smalanders. Furthermore, he examines the enigmatic and wide appeal of the Swedish forest and investigates the origins of the Swedish hatred of Danes, which was implanted by propaganda through songs commissioned by Karl VIII's chancellery. Moberg's history has been widely hailed by the Swedish press as a masterpiece of popular history writing and has been an all-time best-seller in Swedish bookstores.

Synopsis:

A revealing and entertaining account of Sweden's past - now in paperback!

About the Author

Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1972) was one of Sweden's greatest writers of the twentieth century and is well known for his remarkable The Emigrants (1949), a four-volume epic tale of Swedish immigration to America. Paul Britten Austin is a translator and historian. Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987) was an acclaimed Swedish economist and politician. He won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1974.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword Engelbrekt - a Great Man who was Small of Stature Our Daily Bark-Bread Thrice King How Swedes Learned to hate Danes The Forests and Popular Liberties The Three Stures A Warrior People's Dream of Peace Tyrant I: Christian II Tyrant II: Gustav I Life in the Villages The Women outside History The Dacke Rising - Our Greatest Popular Revolt

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816646579
Translator:
Austin, Paul Britten
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Translator:
Austin, Paul Britten
Translator:
Britten Austin, Paul
Author:
Moberg, Vilhelm
Author:
Austin, Paul Britten
Subject:
Europe - Scandinavia
Subject:
Scandinavia
Subject:
Sweden History.
Subject:
World History-Scandinavia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
Volume II: From Rena
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.7 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
In the second volume of his vivid history of the Swedes, Vilhelm Moberg brings his focus on the common people to bear on a period that included two dramatic revolts: the national insurrection under Engelbrekt and the last desperate attempt of the Smaland peasantry to retain their medieval liberties - a defiance bloodily crushed by King Gustav Vasa. Using a wide variety of local historical source materials, Moberg studies the ruthless monarch Vasa and his two tragic opponents: the psychopathic Christian II of Denmark and Nils Dracke, the leader of the Smalanders. Furthermore, he examines the enigmatic and wide appeal of the Swedish forest and investigates the origins of the Swedish hatred of Danes, which was implanted by propaganda through songs commissioned by Karl VIII's chancellery. Moberg's history has been widely hailed by the Swedish press as a masterpiece of popular history writing and has been an all-time best-seller in Swedish bookstores.
"Synopsis" by ,
A revealing and entertaining account of Sweden's past - now in paperback!
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