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A Concise History of Sweden Paperback – Jul 7 2008
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Neil Kent's book sweeps through Sweden's history from the Stone Age to the present day. The book successfully combines the politics, economics and social and cultural mores of one of the world's most successfully functioning and humane societies. This is an informative and entertaining account for students and general readers.See all Product Description
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It certainly is interesting that in Sweden, circa 1626, "in contrast to the situation in almost all the rest of Europe, the major segments of the population enjoyed their own political representation, at least to some degree." But why? The author frustrates the reader by stopping short of providing a quick explanation for this circumstance and many other interesting circumstances as well.
The author strays from history when, in the Conclusion, he accuses Swedes of political hypocrisy with respect to environmental issues because “Swedes in general love their areoplane lights to the tropics . . . whatever the environmental costs.”
He also also offers his take on recent climate science, observing that certainly, “the hot summers of the late 1770s and early 1780s are comparable with to those of today and it is by no means clear to many what, if any, significant degree human industry, as opposed to solar activity, has played a major role in the changes.”
Such unmeasured and unsourced comments may, for some readers, call into question generalizations appearing earlier in the work.