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Stockholm : a cultural history

Author: Tony Griffiths
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: Cityscapes.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Stockholm has set the benchmark for civilized urban living since the time of the Vikings. This book reveals a city of power, intrigue, and murder; of scientists and investors; and a sensual city, home of Greta Garbo and the smorgasbord. Its medieval period saw the Vasa dynasty turn a small town into the capital of a dominant European power and a major trading port. In the Napoleonic era, Stockholm established itself  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Griffiths
ISBN: 9780195386370 019538637X 9780195386387 0195386388
OCLC Number: 261176927
Description: xxvii, 228 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1 A Beautiful, Hungry Landscape 1 --
Approaching Stockholm --
Follow the Vikings 1 --
Swedes and Finns 4 --
Venice of Scandinavia 7 --
Urban Utopias 11 --
City of Sea, Granite and Copper 13 --
Vasastan: Hip Vibe or Siberia? 16 --
Chapter 2 Murky ends 21 --
A History of Assassination --
Gustav III: Murder at the Masked Ball 21 --
Prime Minister Palme: "Red Olof" 24 --
Knifed at NK / Anna Lindh 31 --
Chapter 3 Fearful Lingo 35 --
Mutual Misunderstandings --
A New Human Ideal / De Botton, Meyer 35 --
High Mediocrity / George Bernard Shaw 39 --
Son of a Servant / Strindberg 45 --
Shocking Stockholm / Miss Julie 47 --
Sentimental Humility and Deep Hidden Arrogance / Graham Greene 50 --
Black Hole 54 --
The Japanese James Bond / Motojiro Akashi 55 --
Marooned in the Grand Hotel 57 --
Chapter 4 Money, Money, Money 61 --
Industrialists and Philanthropists --
Grumbling Bear / Alfred Nobel 61 --
What is IKEA? / Ingvar Kamprad 68 --
The Gnomes of Gamla Stan 72 --
The Aga: Simple, Sweet Tempered and Smart 73 --
Ships and Matches 74 --
Ethical Investments: An Arm and a Leg 75 --
Swell or Swindler? / Axel Wenner-Gren 77 --
Family Business 80 --
Chapter 5 Stars and Sly Bitches 83 --
Stockholm and Cinema --
Screen Goddesses 83 --
I Want to Be Left Alone / Greta Garbo 86 --
The Palmolive Garbo / Ingrid Bergman 89 --
La Dolce Vita / Anita Ekberg 93 --
Massacre and Whitewash / Bo Widerberg 98 --
The Devil's Eye / Ingmar Bergman 99 --
Chapter 6 A Man after Midnight 103 --
Sex, Gender and Equality --
ABBA: The Game is on Again 103 --
Just a Housewife 108 --
Antonio's Temptation 109 --
A Solitary Beacon: Stockholm and Prostitution 111 --
The Singha Tsunami 116 --
Tattoos and Takeovers 118 --
Chapter 7 The System 121 --
Conformity, Control and the Demon Drink --
The Full Dram Goes / Helan gr̄ 121 --
Drunk as a Swede 123 --
Gross Prurience / Carl Linnaeus 128 --
Trolls in the Tunnelbana 131 --
Chapter 8 Fairytale Kings and Dancing Queens 137 --
The Monarchy --
Born to Fight 139 --
The Vasa Dynasty 141 --
Hairy-legged Hunchback / Queen Christina 144 --
Life Among the Lilacs: Neutrality and Asylum 149 --
Dširě and Cuckoo Kings 151 --
Chapter 9 City of Blood 157 --
Stockholm's Tragic Past --
The Stockholm Bloodbath 157 --
Christina the Ripper 159 --
The Vasa Disaster: The Lion Sinks 162 --
The Chernobyl Disaster: Terror from the Sky 164 --
The Estonia: Sunk off Ut 166 --
Flight 686: The Milan Apocalypse 169 --
Chapter 10 The Nobel Prizes 173 --
Doing It for Me --
The Science of Winning 173 --
Colossal Imagination 176 --
Prizes among Wars 179 --
Political Muscle, Artistic Temperament, the Exotic and Obscure 181 --
City of the Shadowless: Patrick White and the Fear of Rejection 185 --
Chapter 11 Nothern Necropolis 191 --
Death and Dying --
Reading Themselves to Death 191 --
Macabre Monarchs 195 --
The Democracy of Death 197 --
Chapter 12 Lust 205 --
How Stockholmers Enjoy Themselves --
Joy, Pleasure and Delight 205 --
The Thrill of Competition 207 --
Name Days 211 --
The Smr̲gs̄bord 212 --
The Bishops Invite You In 215 --
The Fellini Factor 216.
Series Title: Cityscapes.
Responsibility: Tony Griffiths.

Abstract:

Stockholm has set the benchmark for civilized urban living since the time of the Vikings. This book reveals a city of power, intrigue, and murder; of scientists and investors; and a sensual city, home of Greta Garbo and the smorgasbord. Its medieval period saw the Vasa dynasty turn a small town into the capital of a dominant European power and a major trading port. In the Napoleonic era, Stockholm established itself as a center of both technical and social innovation. While the city has suffered more than its fair share of misfortune, Stockholm's cultural and commercial elite transformed it into a community which now welcomes innovation and spreads the fruits of its achievements far beyond its borders.

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