[Free kindle] A Concise History of Finland (Cambridge Concise Histories)Author David Kirby – Hometrainer-tests.de

The books is good well researched and a clear description of Finland s history The historical relation with Sweden, Russia and Germany is well presented The emphasis, however, is too much on the political development e.g., the elections, the parliamentary alliances, the presidents But it is not clear how Finland economy has transformed from a natural resource based economy towards a knowledge one The education and cultural process is also not clearly presented I would have liked a balanced book regarding the different topics. Almost everything you need to know A splendidly well researched history David Kirby gives a refreshingly rare even handed review of the civil war period Also, he approaches the often confusing politics of the post WW2 period with clarity and I particularly enjoyed his appraisal of the reign of Urho Kekkonen It is difficult to be sufficiently exhaustive in such a concise history and I would love to read a expansive history by the same author.A Concise History of Finland Cambridge Concise Histories Very good and academic non biased review of a wonderful country with a complex history Very good in going into my families past history from Finland Excellent in the actual history of my grandfathers homeland. I can t say I ever had a pressing desire to learn about Finland but when I found out I d be heading there this June, I ordered this book and it s a worthwhile investment whether you are visiting Finland or just want to know about the country and the Finnish people and culture. Few countries in Europe have undergone such rapid social, political and economic changes as Finland has during the last fifty years David Kirby here sets out the fascinating history of this northern country, for centuries on the east west divide of Europe, a country not blessed by nature, most of whose inhabitants still earned a living from farming fifty years ago, but which today is one of the most prosperous members of the European Union He shows how this small country was able not only to survive in peace and war but also to preserve and develop its own highly distinctive identity, neither Scandinavian nor Eastern European He traces the evolution of the idea of a Finnish national state, from the long centuries as part of the Swedish realm, through self government within the Russian Empire, and into the stormy and tragic birth of the independent state in the twentieth century