Stockholm: A Cultural History

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - History - 228 pages
Situated on one of the world's most beautiful harbors, Stockholm has set the benchmark for civilized urban living since the time of the Vikings. Tony Griffiths reveals a city of power, intrigue, and murder; of scientists and investors; and a sensual city, home of Greta Garbo and the sm rg sbord. Its medieval period saw the Vasa dynasty turn a small town into the capital of a dominant European power and a major trading port. In the Napoleonic era, Stockholm established itself as a center of both technical and social innovation. While the city has suffered more than its fair share of misfortune, Stockholm's cultural and commercial elite transformed it into a community which now welcomes innovation and spreads the fruits of its achievements far beyond its borders.
 

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Contents

A BEAUTIFUL HUNGRY LANDSCAPE APPROACHING STOCKHOLM
1
MURKY ENDS A HISTORY OF ASSASSINATION
21
FEARFUL LINGO MUTUAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS
35
MONEY MONEY MONEY INDUSTRIALISTS AND PHILANTHROPISTS
61
STARS AND SLY BITCHES STOCKHOLM AND CINEMA
83
A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT SEX GENDER AND EQUALITY
103
THE SYSTEM CONFORMITY CONTROL AND THE DEMON DRINK
121
FAIRYTALE KINGS AND DANCING QUEENS THE MONARCHY
137
CITY OF BLOOD STOCKHOLMS TRAGIC PAST
157
THE NOBEL PRIZES DOING IT FOR ME
173
NORTHERN NECROPOLIS DEATH AND DYING
191
LUST HOW STOCKHOLMERS ENJOY THEMSELVES
205
FURTHER READING
221
INDEX OF LITERARY HISTORICAL NAMES
224
INDEX OF PLACES LANDMARKS
227
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Tony Griffiths teaches at Flinders University and is the author of Scandinavia.

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