The Danes and the Swedes

Being an Account of a Visit to Denmark, Including Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish Islands; with a Peep Into Jutland and a Journey Across the Peninsula of Sweden ...

Author: Charles Henry Scott

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The Danes and the Swedes

Being an Account of a Visit to Denmark, Including Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish Islands; With a Peep Into Jutland, and a Journey Across the Peninsula of Sweden; Embracing a Sketch of the Most Interesting Points in the History

Author: Charles Henry Scott

Publisher: Forgotten Books

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Excerpt from The Danes and the Swedes: Being an Account of a Visit to Denmark, Including Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish Islands; With a Peep Into Jutland, and a Journey Across the Peninsula of Sweden; Embracing a Sketch of the Most Interesting Points in the History of Those Countries There is a wild romance about the history of these Northern regions, that rivals even those thrilling annals of the East to which so many readers fly for excitement or amusement. Indeed no countries are richer in stirring legends, in heroic actions, or in tragic deeds, than Denmark and Sweden. The Author has met with no book of travels through the Danish Islands by the route he took, save always that invaluable companion and friend to all travellers in Europe, a volume Of Murray's Hand Books. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Danes and the Swedes

being an account of a visit to Denmark, with a peep into Jutland and a journay across the peninsula of Sweden

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Society without God

What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment

Author: Phil Zuckerman

Publisher: NYU Press

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Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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“Silver” Winner of the 2008 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, Religion Category Before he began his recent travels, it seemed to Phil Zuckerman as if humans all over the globe were “getting religion”—praising deities, performing holy rites, and soberly defending the world from sin. But most residents of Denmark and Sweden, he found, don’t worship any god at all, don’t pray, and don’t give much credence to religious dogma of any kind. Instead of being bastions of sin and corruption, however, as the Christian Right has suggested a godless society would be, these countries are filled with residents who score at the very top of the “happiness index” and enjoy their healthy societies, which boast some of the lowest rates of violent crime in the world (along with some of the lowest levels of corruption), excellent educational systems, strong economies, well-supported arts, free health care, egalitarian social policies, outstanding bike paths, and great beer. Zuckerman formally interviewed nearly 150 Danes and Swedes of all ages and educational backgrounds over the course of fourteen months. He was particularly interested in the worldviews of people who live their lives without religious orientation. How do they think about and cope with death? Are they worried about an afterlife? What he found is that nearly all of his interviewees live their lives without much fear of the Grim Reaper or worries about the hereafter. This led him to wonder how and why it is that certain societies are non-religious in a world that seems to be marked by increasing religiosity. Drawing on prominent sociological theories and his own extensive research, Zuckerman ventures some interesting answers. This fascinating approach directly counters the claims of outspoken, conservative American Christians who argue that a society without God would be hell on earth. It is crucial, Zuckerman believes, for Americans to know that “society without God is not only possible, but it can be quite civil and pleasant.”

The Danes and the Swedes

Being an Account of a Visit to Denmark, Including Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish Islands; With a Peep Into Jutland and a Journey Across the Peninsula of Sweden: Embracing a Sketch of the Most Interesting Points in the History

Author: Charles Henry Scott

Publisher: Palala Press

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Warrior Kings of Sweden

The Rise of an Empire in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Author: Gary Dean Peterson

Publisher: McFarland

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Category: History

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For a hundred years, Sweden was the international military power of Northern Europe, in control of the entire Baltic region and among the first to colonize in Africa and America. But the history of Sweden, Finland, the Baltic States, Poland, and Prussia is largely neglected in American classrooms and scholarship. This book fills a large void in European history as it is generally presented to the American student and reader. This narrative covers Sweden’s Age of Greatness (1632–1718) and the warrior-kings who governed that age. It chronologically describes the political and religious events of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and reveals how these events produced the climate for European global expansion, including the exploration and colonization of the New World. The story traces history through the reigns of Sweden’s ambitious rulers, beginning with the presumably Swedish Goths who ravaged the Roman Empire in the 2nd century CE and continuing through the end of the empire in the early eighteenth century. A thorough epilogue documents the cultural flowering in the arts and sciences that commenced in the Age of Greatness and continued to blossom in the centuries that followed. This final section of the book pays special attention to the personalities that drove Sweden’s far-reaching cultural progress.