Best Norway History Books
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1. Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings
Author: by Neil Price
Published at: Basic Books; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2020)
The definitive history of the Vikings – from arts and culture to politics and cosmology – by a distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertiseThe Viking Age – from 750 to 1050 – saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples into the wider world.
As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they ranged from eastern North America to the Asian steppe. But for centuries, the Vikings have been seen through the eyes of others, distorted to suit the tastes of medieval clerics and Elizabethan playwrights, Victorian imperialists, Nazis, and more.
None of these appropriations capture the real Vikings, or the richness and sophistication of their culture. Based on the latest archaeological and textual evidence, Children of Ash and Elm tells the story of the Vikings on their own terms: their politics, their cosmology and religion, their material world.
Known today for a stereotype of maritime violence, the Vikings exported new ideas, technologies, beliefs, and practices to the lands they discovered and the peoples they encountered, and in the process were themselves changed. From Eirk Bloodaxe, who fought his way to a kingdom, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardttir, the most traveled woman in the world, Children of Ash and Elm is the definitive history of the Vikings and their time.
2. The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb
Author: by Neal Bascomb
Published at: Mariner Books; Media tie-in edition (May 16, 2017)
Riveting and poignant … The Winter Fortress metamorphoses from engrossing history into a smashing thriller … Mr. Bascomb’s research and, especially, his storytelling skills are first-rate. The Wall Street Journal Weaving together his typically intense research and a riveting narrative, Neal Bascomb’s The Winter Fortress is a spellbinding piece of historical writing.
Martin Dugard, author of Into Africa and co-author of the Killing series In 1942, the Nazis were racing to complete the first atomic bomb. All they needed was a single, incredibly rare ingredient: heavy water, which was produced solely at Norway’s Vemork plant.
Under threat of death, Vemork’s engineers pushed production into overdrive. If the Allies could not destroy the plant, they feared the Nazis would soon be in possession of the most dangerous weapon the world had ever seen. But how would the Allied forces reach the castle fortress, set on a precipitous gorge in one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on earth?
3. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
Author: by Helen Russell
Published at: Icon Books; Reissue edition (April 12, 2016)
When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.
What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.
4. Norse Gods and Goddesses: Guide to Understanding Scandinavian Deities and the Viking Religion
Author: by Ingvar Askelson
Published at: NeoViking Co. (August 2, 2020)
Discover the Secrets of Your Ancestors Without Reading Cryptic Poetry. Do you struggle with finding reliable and comprehensible information about the Norse Gods and Goddesses? When it comes to the Norse pantheon, our primary sources are limited to the Eddas and Sagas of Viking heroes.
These are the only places in our history where we even see mention of the Norse Gods, which is a major inconvenience because of how ambiguous, allusive and complex the translations can be. I know because I’ve been analysing them for over 2 years and continue to do so, as I draw new lessons each time I read.
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5. We Die Alone: A WWII Epic Of Escape And Endurance
Author: by David Howarth
Published at: Lyons Press; Illustrated edition (September 30, 2016)
We Die Alone recounts one of the most exciting escape stories to emerge from the challenges and miseries of World War II. In March 1943, a team of expatriate Norwegian commandos sailed from northern England for Nazi-occupied arctic Norway to organize and supply the Norwegian resistance.
But they were betrayed and the Nazis ambushed them. Only one man survived-Jan Baalsrud. This is the incredible and gripping story of his escape. Frostbitten and snowblind, pursued by the Nazis, he dragged himself on until he reached a small arctic village.
He was near death, delirious, and a virtual cripple. But the villagers, at mortal risk to themselves, were determined to save him, and-through impossible feats-they did. We Die Alone is an astonishing true story of heroism and endurance. Like Slavomir Rawicz’s The Long Walk, it is also an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.
6. DK Eyewitness Norway (Travel Guide)
Author: by DK Eyewitness
Published at: DK Eyewitness Travel; Illustrated edition (March 19, 2019)
Epic and idyllic, Norway is a country of contrasts. Whether you want to hike around ‘the Home of the Giants’ in Jotunheimen, hit the slopes at Hafjell or hunker down in a remote cabin, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Norway has to offer.
With its dramatic coastline, unspoiled mountain ranges and phenomenal fjords, Norway is home to some of Europe’s most spectacular landscapes. While adventure awaits in the wilderness, the cosmopolitan cities offer superlative museums, world-class cuisine and cutting-edge architecture. Our newly updated guide brings Norway to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our trademark illustrations.
You’ll discover: our pick of the Norway’s must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems- the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay – detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy- easy-to-follow itineraries- expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe- color-coded chapters to every part of Norway, from Vestlandet to Srlandet, Telemark to Trndelag- our new lightweight format, so you can take it with you wherever you goTravelling around Scandinavia?
7. The 12th Man: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
Author: by Astrid Karlsen Scott
Published at: Skyhorse (November 7, 2017)
A stunning story of heroism and survival during World War II. The book that inspired the international film of the same name.A must-read . Intrigue, suspense, and adventure.”The Norwegian American”I remember reading We Die Alone in 1970 and I could never forget it.
Then when we went to Norway to do a docudrama, people told us again and again that certain parts were pure fiction. Since I was a Norwegian that was not good enough; I had to find the truth. I sincerely believe we did, writes author Astrid Karlsen Scott.
The 12th Man is the true story of Jan Baalsrud, whose struggle to escape the Gestapo and survive in Nazi-occupied Norway has inspired the international film of the same name. In late March 1943, in the midst of WWII, four Norwegian saboteurs arrived in northern Norway on a fishing cutter and set anchor in Toftefjord to establish a base for their operations.
However, they were betrayed, and a German boat attacked the cutter, creating a battlefield and spiraling Jan Baalsrud into the adventure of his life. The only survivor and wounded, Baalsrud begins a perilous journey to freedom, swimming icy fjords, climbing snow-covered peaks, enduring snowstorms, and getting caught in a monstrous avalanche.
8. DK Eyewitness Germany (Travel Guide)
Author: by DK Eyewitness
Published at: DK Eyewitness Travel; Illustrated edition (February 19, 2019)
Germany promises an array of famous sights and hidden gems. Whether you want to visit Bavaria’s captivating castles, walk the medieval streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber or enjoy sublime classical music in concert, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Germany has to offer.
Boasting some of Europe’s finest lakes and no fewer than 16 national parks, this country is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. But Germany is also synonymous with art and culture, which can be experienced at its world-class galleries and museums. Our regularly updated guide brings Germany to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography, and our trademark illustrations.
You’ll discover: our pick of Germany’s must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems- the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay – detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy- easy-to-follow itineraries- expert advice: get ready, get around and stay safe- color-coded chapters to every part of Germany, from Berlin to Munich, Saxony to Hesse- our new lightweight format, so you can take it with you wherever you goWant the best of Germany in your pocket?
9. The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
Author: by Michael Booth
Published at: Picador; Reprint edition (February 2, 2016)
The Christian Science Monitor’s #1 Best Book of the YearA witty, informative, and popular travelogue about the Scandinavian countries and how they may not be as happy or as perfect as we assume, The Almost Nearly Perfect People offers up the ideal mixture of intriguing and revealing facts (Laura Miller, Salon).
Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another.
Why are the Danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? Do the Finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes?
10. The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole, Revised and Updated (Modern Library Exploration)
Author: by Roland Huntford
Published at: Modern Library; First Thus edition (September 7, 1999)
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the South Pole was the most coveted prize in the fiercely nationalistic modern age of exploration. In the brilliant dual biography, the award-winning writer Roland Huntford re-examines every detail of the great race to the South Pole between Britain’s Robert Scott and Norway’s Roald Amundsen.
Scott, who dies along with four of his men only eleven miles from his next cache of supplies, became Britain’s beloved failure, while Amundsen, who not only beat Scott to the Pole but returned alive, was largely forgotten. This account of their race is a gripping, highly readable history that captures the driving ambitions of the era and the complex, often deeply flawed men who were charged with carrying them out.
THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH is the first of Huntford’s masterly trilogy of polar biographies. It is also the only work on the subject in the English language based on the original Norwegian sources, to which Huntford returned to revise and update this edition.
11. Norwegian-English Dictionary: A Pronouncing and Translating Dictionary of Modern Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk) with a Historical and Grammatical Introduction
Author: by Einar Haugen
Published at: University of Wisconsin Press (May 15, 1974)
For more than forty years, the Haugen NorwegianEnglish Dictionary has been regarded as the foremost resource for both learners and professionals using English and Norwegian. With more than 60,000 entries, it is esteemed for its breadth, its copious grammatical detail, and its rich idiomatic examples.
In his introduction, Einar Haugen, a revered scholar and teacher of Norwegian to English speakers, provides a concise overview of the history of the language, presents the pronunciation of contemporary Norwegian, and introduces basic grammatical structures, including the inflection of nouns and adjectives and the declension of verbs.
12. The Family Tree Scandinavian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway
Author: by David A. Fryxell
Published at: Family Tree Books; Illustrated edition (December 17, 2019)
Trace your Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish ancestors! This convenient guide will help you discover your Northern European family history while optimizing your research time. Highlights include: Strategies for identifying immigrant Scandinavian ancestors, plus how to trace them back to Europe from North America Methods for locating Swedish genealogy records, Norwegian genealogy records, or Danish genealogy records within your family’s town of origin Detailed guides to finding and decoding common Scandinavian records, including: church records, civil registration records, census returns, property deeds, military records, and many more Quick guides to Scandinavian history, geography, and language Historical timelines, sample records, and resource lists that will bring your family history to life If your family tree includes Swedish roots, Danish roots, or Norwegian roots, The Family Tree Scandinavian Genealogy Guide is a must-have for your genealogy research.
13. DK Eyewitness Switzerland (Travel Guide)
Author: by DK Eyewitness
Published at: DK Eyewitness Travel; Illustrated edition (March 19, 2019)
Switzerland is small in size, big on experienceWhether you want to hit the slopes, join the Swiss in their national pastime of hut-to-hut hiking or take a scenic railway journey of a lifetime, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Switzerland has to offer.
Awash with magical sights and exhilarating activities, Switzerland’s small size is hidden with its beguiling charms. In a single day, visitors can encounter breathtaking glaciers, high altitude lakes and iconic mountains – and still be back in time for fondue and schnapps.
Our newly updated guide brings Switzerland to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our trademark illustrations. You’ll discover: our pick of Switzerland’s must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems- the best spots to eat, drink, shop, and stay – detailed maps and walks which make navigating the country easy- easy-to-follow itineraries- expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe- color-coded chapters to every part of Switzerland, from Bern to Zrich, Valais to Geneva- our new lightweight format, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
14. Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
Author: by Deborah Cadbury
Published at: PublicAffairs; Illustrated edition (April 16, 2019)
A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted the most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother. As her reign approached its sixth decade, Queen Victoria’s grandchildren numbered over thirty, and to maintain and increase British royal power, she was determined to maneuver them into a series of dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe.
Yet for all their apparent obedience, her grandchildren often had plans of their own, fueled by strong wills and romantic hearts. Victoria’s matchmaking plans were further complicated by the tumultuous international upheavals of the time: revolution and war were in the air, and kings and queens, princes and princesses were vulnerable targets.
Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Europe from London to Saint Petersburg, weaving in scandals, political machinations and family tensions to enthralling effect. It is at once an intimate portrait of a royal family and an examination of the conflict caused by the marriages the Queen arranged.
15. Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes & Feminine Powers
Author: by Freya Aswynn
Published at: Llewellyn Publications; 2nd edition (April 8, 2002)
Bring the power of the ancient runes into your life for divination and magic with Northern Mysteries & Magick (revised edition of Leaves of Yggdrasil) by Freya Aswynn. The runes are more than an ancient alphabet. They comprise a powerful system of divination and a path to the subconscious forces operating in your life.
Northern Mysteries & Magick is the only book of Nordic magick written by a woman, and it is the first to offer an extensive presentation of rune concepts, mythology, and magical applications inspired by Dutch/Friesian traditional lore. Also unique in this book is the inclusion of the feminine Mysteries of the North.
You’ll learn how they are represented in the runes. You will see how each of the major deities of Northern Europe still lives in the collective consciousness of people of Northern European descent. A complete analysis of the Elder Futhark Runes and their meanings – How to use the runes for divination including several rune spreads – Using the runes in magick – Rune charms and power sigils – Shamanic drumming and chanting – Profiles of the eight major Gods – The Northern Feminine mysteries featuring four major goddesses The first edition of this book was considered a classic.
16. Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241
Author: by John Haywood
Published at: Thomas Dunne Books; Illustrated edition (September 27, 2016)
From Finland to Newfoundland and Jelling to Jerusalem, follow in the wake of the Vikingsa transformative story of a people that begins with paganism and ends in Christendom. In AD 800, the Scandinavians were just barbarians in longships. Though they held sway in the north, their power meant little more than the ability to pillage and plunder, which they did to bolster their status at home.
But as these Norse warriors left their strongholds to trade, raid, and settle across wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic, their violent and predatory culture left a unique imprint on medieval history. The twist that no one predicted, however, was a much slower, insidious takeover than any the Vikings would execute, and by a turn of the tide, they themselves became its target.
For as they made their mark on Europe, Europe made its mark on them. By the year 1200, what remained of the Vikings’ pagan origins floated beneath the surface and the strong, strange territories of the north had become a part of Latin Christendom.