Warrior Kings of Sweden: The Rise of an Empire in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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McFarland, 28 mar 2007 - 308
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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.
 

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Preface
1
Introduction
3
First Kings of a United Sweden
5
The Kalmar Union
15
Gustav Vasas Rise to Power and Swedish Independence
22
King Gustav I
33
War Debt and the Reformation
44
Succession and Civil War
53
Gustav Extends Swedish Power in Livonia and Prussia
138
Gustav Enters Germany and the Thirty Years War
151
Gustavs Court on the Rhine and the Battle of Lützen
166
Oxenstierna Takes Control and Prosecutes the War in Germany
174
War with Denmark as the Thirty Years War Winds Down
184
Queen Christina and the Athens of the North
188
Karl XThe Swedish Empire at Its Height
200
Swedens Colonies and New Sweden in America
213

Erik XIV and the First Northern War
63
King Johan III and the End of the First Northern War
77
A Swedish Prince on the Polish Throne and the Second Northern War
87
Sigismund III and Wars in the North
99
Karl IX and the Second Polish War
108
Gustav Adolfs Rise to Power
116
Gustav Builds His Army
122
Karl XI and the Scanian War
233
Karl XII and the Great Northern War
242
Karl XII and War in Poland
251
The End of Empire
270
Notes
283
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Gary Dean Peterson is an engineer.

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