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Culture and Customs of Norway (Culture and Customs of Europe)by Margaret Hayford O'leary
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Culture and Customs of Norway provides an up-to-date view of Norway, showcasing a nation that is part of modern Europe, yet zealously maintains its own culture and identity. Providing the most current information on a broad range of topics—including cinema, literature, food, art, performing arts, and architecture—the book also places modern-day Norway in a historical context that makes it possible to understand how Norwegian culture came to be as it is today.
Readers will discover a nation that is a fascinating juxtaposition of advanced technology, especially in such fields as oil production and climate, and some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world. They will read about such famous writers, artists, and composers as Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Munch, and Edvard Grieg. And they will discover how Norway confronts the challenges of modern society without sacrificing its social-democratic philosophy of social justice and shared responsibility, both at home and globally.
Book News Annotation:
This overview for students in high school and up reveals the national character and popular traditions of this progressive, oil-exporting nation, framed in a historical context, and also gives information on major writers, artists, and composers. Themes include religion, marriage and family, education, cuisine and fashion, language and literature, media and cinema, performing arts, and architecture. The book is illustrated with b&w photos and includes a chronology and glossary, plus an extensive bibliography of books and websites for more information on each chapter topic. O'Leary is chair of the Norwegian Department at St. Olaf College. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• Covers a broad range of information about modern Norway, including gender issues, religion and thought, education, art, architecture, and more
• Provides an introduction to Norwegian culture and history
• Shows that although Norway is a small country, it plays an important role on the world stage with generous development aid and active work in conflict resolution
• Photographs of art, architecture, nature, people, and more
• Includes a glossary of Norwegian-language words like lutefisk and nynorsk, that are useful for understanding Norwegian culture
• Presents a political map of Norway
• A chronology of important events from the Stone Age to the present
• An annotated bibliography of English-language resources
This thorough introduction to modern-day Norway and Norwegian culture shows the impact a small country can have on the world in terms of peace building, environmental issues, technological innovation, and more.
Norway is one of the world's largest oil-exporting nations. It is also one of the most progressive countries in the world, according to the Global Gender Gap Index, the Global Peace Index, and the Human Development Index. Yet, despite its outstanding culture, important economy, and spectacular beauty, Norway remains unfamiliar to most Americans.
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