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An Armchair Traveller’s History of Finland

Celebrating the centenary of its independence in 2017, the modern nation of Finland is the heir to many centuries of history and heritage: it was a wilderness at the edge of early Europe, a powerful component of the late medieval Swedish empire, and a Grand Duchy of Tsarist Russia. From prehistoric herders to the creators of the app Angry Birds, Finnish history is rich with oddities, as well as unexpected connections to the outside world: the English bishop who became its first Christian martyr; the bored country doctor who helped inspire The Lord of the Rings; and the many war heroes who held off the Soviet Union against impossible odds.

Jonathan Clements takes a comprehensive and illuminating look at the rich history of this dynamic region, providing an invaluable travelogue and easy-to-use reference source.

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