Another book from the TBR shelf- I bought this when I was in Finland and have always meant to read it as my dad’s side were immigrants from Finland. The book is brief but covers the important events from pre-historic era through the tumultuous 20th century social and political events.
I knew quite a lot of the history here, Klinge is a bit more circumspect than others I’ve read – he writes with as little controversy as possible not really covering the Reformation or post-WWI Civil War eras. Although the book is almost entirely political history, there is some social history covered. I think the book has a slightly pro-Swedish pov.
One thing I did not know was that – “The payment of reparations in full in 1952 and the Soviet Union’s relinquishment of the Porkkala base in 1955 removed the last restrictions to sovereignty.” I knew the reparations were paid off promptly and that they were heavy but not the rest of the sentence. I also didn’t know that universal suffrage was granted quite so early in Finland – the first country in Europe!
I suppose this is a good start to further reading although there really isn’t much in English. Nice black and white illustrations and a few maps.