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From Prehistory to the Renaissance (A History of the Swedish People #1)
Beginning in prehistoric times and culminating with the Dacke rebellion of 1542, renowned novelist Vilhelm Moberg's two-volume popular history of the Swedish people approaches its subject from the viewpoint of the common people, documenting peasants' lives as well as those of the royal families. In this first volume Moberg examines Viking raids, the coming of Christianity, ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 7th 2005 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published January 1st 1970)
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If you've read Moberg's fiction then you know he had a very fine touch with Swedish history. He was also a man of great humor, wry humor, and a bit of a radical. Well, Swedes have always been 'radical' in one way or another, and in that regard, he is simply Swedish. His turn toward a history of the Swedes in 1970 and '71 was a natural progression and he tells us about his country in the very early days, in fact a 'prehistory' that lasted until the early Middle Ages, with especial care to treat a ...more
If someone is interested in a "bottom up" approach to history then this book is definitely what one needs to explore Swedish history. Moberg integrates the lives of the Swedish peasant with their lords almost nonchalantly at times, which gives the reader a sense of authenticity. And, no doubt, he grew up in a poor family; so he seems to have first-hand experience with certain Swedish laws that have affected him and his parents alike. A couple of biases to remember though:
1. As a Social Historia ...more
1. As a Social Historia ...more
Even read in translation, and at a distance of several decades, the clear writing and succinct explanations given in this book of numerous significant episodes and personalities drawn from early Swedish history are well worth reading. I found it to be informative and interesting, a kind of People's History - drawn with a broad brush - of Sweden, with a distinct focus on the life of non-noble, ordinary people, where the historical record allows light to shine on their doings. I got the distinct i ...more
A great foreign language book, which tells the history of Sweden in a clear and concise manner--that is, if you know the Swedish language. I am half Swedish and found it an excellent exercise in the language of my father's ancestors and a great way to learn a bit of our ancestral homeland's history as well. If you're Swedish or of Swedish ancestry and can read the language, I recommend it very highly. It'll guide you through the early days of a great and beautiful country.
Vilhelm Moberg was a Swedish author, best known for his Emigrant series of novels about Swedish emigrants to America. He also wrote other novels and plays and also participated in public debates about the Swedish monarchy, bureaucracy, and corruption.More about Vilhelm Moberg...
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