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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521012279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521012270
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 467 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xaa028b7c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0xaa05a78c) out of 5 stars Not What I Was Hoping For Nov. 29 2014
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The book is a dull and uninspired recitation of facts related to leaders of and trends in Swedish history. Concise, yes, but concise to the point of evading explanation constitution of the Swedish state and motives and culture of the Swedish people. Readers looking for into the "why" of these topics may be best advised to look elsewhere.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa06a708) out of 5 stars Enlightening May 23 2014
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As the title reads, the book was indeed a concise history, enlightening and exciting. The text was quite in depth and, as a result, it was a lengthy read that might be difficult for those not too familiar with Swedish geography and/or basic history. Highly recommended for those that love reading history.
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HASH(0xaa06a810) out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 6 2014
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Very useful introduction to Sweden. A must for a first visitor to this country.
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HASH(0xaa06a9a8) out of 5 stars "Concise" to a fault Feb. 22 2015
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This is one of the few -- if not the only -- survey histories of Sweden available on Kindle. It's clearly written and the facts all seem to be in order. But this volume is indeed "concise," so much so that more often than not it feels like a list of names and dates strung around with barebones syntax. The effect is that even a determined and highly caffeinated reader might find one's eyes start to glaze over.
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HASH(0xaa06aaf8) out of 5 stars Concise. Yes and that's fine. Sept. 12 2012
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The content of the book is what the title sais: Concise and Factful. And that is great for getting you swiftly into the history of Sweden. To me also thìs book is not entirely a neutral account of Swedish history (See also reviews on other books about Sweden's history). There is some chauvinism about "British democracy". And it repeats present day's popular topics like women's rights and Jews a few times too many. Yet these are minor objections, so be invited to consider them as a matter of taste. As a whole, the book is surely worth reading.