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Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, award-winning historian Ewan Butler writes, struggled through unions and separations with both outsiders and each other, developing their own personalities and languages yet retaining their ancient connections.

©2016 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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Excellent History of Scandinavia after the Vikings

This book does gloss over the prehistoric and Viking age in Scandinavia and spends much of its time in the late middle ages to the 20th century. It is well written considering this period of history is hard to follow. My only complaint is that while it thoroughly covered the history of Denmark and Sweden, it barely covered the history of Norway until the late 1800s - the author justifying this by pointing out that Norway was basically just a province of Denmark.

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  • 07-04-21

Great overview / introduction

Coming to Scandinavian history with very little prior knowledge, this audiobook was an excellent introduction to it for me. It gave a well-written overview of the countries’ varied and interesting history, with enough detail to whet my appetite to explore further. Matthew Lloyd Davies does a super job of reading this - lovely tone and pace.

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  • Kim Wingerei
  • 02-20-21

The chronology of overlords is not history

A nice refresh of the history lessons of my youth, and as flawed as they were. Basically just a chronology of the kings and occasional queens who ruled and fought and died. Every other aspect of life and the remaining 99.99% of people and how they lived largely ignored, or given a cursory mention here and there. Clearly, the author is no historian. The narrator is clear and very easy to listen to, but a bit more work on correct pronunciations of names would have been good.