The Soul of the North: A Social, Architectural and Cultural History of the Nordic Countries, 1700-1940

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Reaktion Books, 2001 - Education - 416 pages
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The social and cultural history of the Nordic region (including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Greenland), as well as that of outlying former provinces such as Swedish Pomerania and the erstwhile Caribbean colonies, is examined in this unique study. Religious and spiritual values, family life and sexuality, health and hygiene, town and country and slavery in the tropical colonies are amongst the topics dealt with in some depth. At the same time, Neil Kent also provides an architectural and artistic history of the region.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Ole Peter Grell Scandinavia in The Early Reformation
8
The Family and Sexuality
68
Health Hygiene and Disease
120
Nordic Life in the Town and Country
150
Germans Xenophobia and the Growth of National
212
Regal and Imperial Visions
248
Scandinavian Overseas
298
Slavery the Tropics
328
Some Conclusions
370
References
393
Index
406
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Neil Kent was born in Florida, and studied in Sweden and Cambridge, where he now carries out research at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the History of Art Department of Cambridge University. He is author of The Triumph of Light and Nature: Nordic Art 1740 1940 (1987).

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