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The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
A newly refurbished collection of 22 tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations.
Baltic Sea States Map
his detailed (1:800,000), double-sided map covers the entire Baltic region from Copenhagen across to Gdansk, St. Petersburg, Oslo and Stockholm.
The Baltic, A History
In his erudite history of the "Nordic Mediterranean," North covers over 1,000 years of trade, politics, architecture, cultural exchange and conflict in the Baltic. His main point: the Baltic's coastal nations have always been an interconnected economic unit.
The Diary of a Young Girl
Daily life captured in a diary format of a young Jewish girl hiding from persecution in Nazi occupied Holland.
The Northmen, The Viking Saga
Viking historian John Haywood delves into the Vikings’ age of expansion (793 CE -1241 CE). His magisterial chronicle answers myriad questions about the Vikings, their technology, their society and why it went into decline.
Baltic Lenin: A Journey Into Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania's Soviet Past
Travel journalist Ruffles recounts his first hand experiences traversing the little known countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The non-fiction work is meant to convey what life is like in the Baltic states today and how Soviet rule has had a profound impact on the region. Furthermore, a broader viewpoint is taken on the future of the region as prior tensions between Russia and the West resurface.
Berlin: Imagine a City
A city devastated by Allied bombs, divided by a Wall, then reunited and reborn, Berlin today resonates with the echo of lives lived, dreams realised and evils executed. No other city has repeatedly been so powerful and fallen so low. And few other cities have been so shaped and defined by individual imaginations. Through vivid portraits spanning five centuries, Rory MacLean reveals the varied and rich history of Berlin, from its brightest to its darkest moments. We encounter an ambitious prostitute refashioning herself as a princess, a Scottish mercenary fighting for the Prussian Army, Marlene Dietrich flaunting her sexuality and Hitler fantasising about the mega-city Germania. The result is a uniquely imaginative biography of one of the world's most volatile yet creative cities.
Crime and Punishment
A fictional tale, of a poor Russian man's premeditated murder and the ensuing misery to follow. Dostoyevsky largely draws upon his own experiences of poverty in St. Petersburg, painting a vivid picture of social and psychological causes of crimes.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
The story of Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.
Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia
Massie traces both minuscule details and larger movements in pre-revolutionary Russian art, literature and daily life in this affectionate overview of 19th-century palaces, courts and culture.
In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream
A Minnesotan of Norwegian extraction, Dregni writes entertainingly of Norwegian culture and the immigrant experience in this delightful account of a year living with his wife and infant son in Trondheim on a Fulbright scholarship.
Insight Guide Scandinavia
From Denmark to Sweden, Norway and Finland, this guide introduces the region with outstanding color maps and photographs.
Growth of the Soil
The epic tale of a homesteader in the mountainous Norwegian interior, which helped win Hamsun a Nobel Prize in 1920.
Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.
Northern Europe Scandinavia Map
A colorful shaded relief map showing the Baltic region from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg and Hammerfest at a scale of 1:2,000,000.