The Experience of Modern Scandinavia
Coming Lecture Course at Yale University
This course will examine the history of the Scandinavian countries from the Reformation to the present. The reading assignments
are on average about 125 pages per week. The smaller and more obscure reading assignments will be placed in the class reader. The reader will also include maps. Knowledge of these maps will tested on the mid-term and final examinations. The mid-terms each will count for 30% and the final for 40% of the course grade.
Course Textbook: T.K. Derry, A History of Scandinavia (referred to in the syllabus as "Derry").
Syllabus for Lecture Course:
- Week 1
- Lecture 1: Modern Scandinavia: An Introduction
- Lecture 2: The Reformation in the Danish and Norwegian Realms
- Reading: Derry, chapter 5; Peder Palladius, A Visitation.
- Week 2
- Lecture 3: The Reformation in Sweden and Finland
- Lecture 4: Rural and Urban Society (ca. 1500-1700)
- Reading: August Strindberg, Master Olof.
- Week 3
- Lecture 5: Nobilities and Kings (ca. 1500-1660)
- Lecture 6: Absolutism
- Reading: Michael Roberts (ed.), Sweden as a Great Power 1611-1697, pp. 93-134 (a collection of primary sources).
- Week 4
- Lecture 7: The Peripheries and the Centers (ca. 1500-1700)
- Lecture 8: Scandinavia and the European Economy (ca. 1523-1721)
- Reading: T.K. Derry, A Short History of Norway, pp. 89-108; Kirsten Hastrup, Nature and Policy in Iceland 1400-1800, pp. 115-196; Eino Jutikkala, History of Finland, pp. 59-139.
- Week 5
- Lecture 9: The Swedish Imperial Experience (1560-1721)
- Lecture 10: The "Decline" of Denmark (1560-1721)
- Reading: Derry, chapter 6.
- Week 6
- Lecture 11: Eighteenth-Century Sweden: An "Age of Liberty?"
- Lecture 12: Eighteenth-Century Denmark: "Enlightened Despotism?"
- Reading: Derry, chapter 8; Mary Wollstonecraft, Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
- Week 7
- Lecture 13: European War and Internal Upheaval (1792-1815)
- Lecture 14: First Mid-Term
- Reading: Derry, chapter 9.
- Week 8
- Lecture 15: Nationalism (especially in Norway and Finland)
- Lecture 16: Scandinavianism
- Reading: Derry, chapter 10; Bjoernstjerne Bjoernson, The King.
- Week 9
- Lecture 17: From Estate Society to Civil Society
- Lecture 18: Women and Society
- Reading: Derry, chapter 12; Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House.
- Week 10
- Lecture 19: Agriculture and Industry
- Lecture 20: Emigration
- Reading: Terje Leiren, Marcus Thrane: A Norwegian Radical in America.
- Week 11
- Lecture 21: From Unions to Nation-States (1864-1918)
- Lecture 22: The Breakthrough of Parliamentary Government
- Reading: Tuomo Polvinen, Imperial Borderland.
- Week 12
- Lecture 23: Second Mid-Term
- Lecture 24: The Search for a Middle Way in Politics (1914-1939)
- Reading: Derry, chapters 11, 13.
- Week 13
- Lecture 25: World War II
- Lecture 26: World War II
- Reading: Derry, chapter 14; Movie: "The Winter War."
- Week 14
- Lect. 27: Scandinavia in the Cold War
- Lect. 28: The Formation of the Welfare State
- Reading: Derry, chapters 15, 16; Halldor Laxness, The Atom Station.
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