This is a perfect first volume for any interested readers.
The modern Scandinavian countries - Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark share many parts of their histories and a single study of the whole region is an invaluable starting point for students.
The following is my selection of the top books on Scandinavia.
Published by the University of Minnesota Press - who count Scandinavia as one of their specialisms and whose books dominate this list - Nordstrom's text focuses on the last five centuries.
The author has covered all the main themes while also examining the influx and adaptation of ideas from the rest of Europe.
Check Amazon rating » The subtitle reveals all - "A Social, Architectural and Cultural History of the Nordic Countries, 1700 - 1940" - and in this instance ' Nordic' refers to the whole of Scandinavia and the regions former colonies.
Kent explores a range of topics in this fascinating socio-cultural study, shedding light on the people and atmosphere in a manner missing from many traditional histories.
More » Focusing on the emergence of Sweden and Russia as great European powers, a struggle that involved the bloody northern wars of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, this book is only partly about Scandinavia, but the history can't be told in any other way.
Check Amazon rating » This book covers the relatively short, but hugely important, period in the early twentieth century when Scandinavia found itself between three powerful and warring rivals: Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Salmon examines the interplay between the Scandinavian countries and the great-power politics of their neighbours, revealing important - and perhaps surprising - relationships.