M.A. Reading List - Area Studies: History

The Scandinavian Area Studies emphasis in the Master of Arts program in the Department of Scandinavian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington is intended to allow the student to focus on a specific area emphasis in addition to the establishment of a level of competence and understanding in the central literature core of the Department's program. As with the graduate student's overall program, the M.A. reading list is ultimately the responsibility of the individual student and should be finalized in consultation with the student's advisory committee. The reading list consists of literature from the national literatures of Scandinavia and an area studies list in the student's specific area of emphasis: (l) Folklore and Mythology, (2) History or (3) Politics.

Area Studies Emphasis: History

T.K. Derry, A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and lceland. Minneapolis:
University of Minnesota Press, 1979.

_______, A History of Modern Norway, 1814-1972.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972.

Franklin D. Scott, Sweden: A Nation's History. (Revised edition) Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987.

Palle Lauring, Danmarks Historie I-II. Copenhagen, 1979 -80.

John H. Wuorinen, A History of Finland. New York: Columbia University Press, 1965.

Byron J. Nordstrom, Dictionary of Scandinavian History, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1986.

P.G. Foote and D.M. Wilson, The Viking Achievement. London: Book Club Associates, 1970.

Bjørn Thorsteinsson, Island. Copenhagen: Politikens Forlag, 1985.

Students with language and nation-specific interests will also include works which focus on either Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden. IN ADDITION, SELECTED ARTICLES FROM THE FOLLOWING JOURNALS WILL BE READ (after consultation with commitree):

  • Scandinavian Journal of History
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Historisk Tidsskrift (for Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden)
  • Medieval Scandinavia
  • Scandinavian Economic History Review
  • Scandia
  • Scandinavica
  • Scandinavian Political Studies
  • Scandinavian Review