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Nordic Perspective on European History

Basic Studies (25 credits)

The Nordic Perspective on European History (HISE 1-6) is a history programme specializing in the historical development of Northern Europe designed for exchange students.

The programme offers an opportunity to understand European history via the prism of Northern Europe and enables the students to understand the specific historical and cultural features of Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic region. It illuminates the importance of the centre - periphery interaction in European history, the role of Russia and how they have shaped Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region.

The studies are to be completed primarily by taking book examinations and/or as written assignments. HISE 1 can alternatively be completed by doing a research paper in the Finnish History Seminar. It is also possible to complete other parts of the Nordic Perspectives on European history by doing research papers in the Seminar. These alternative arrangements should be agreed with the persons in charge of the teaching.

Any questions concerning the programme as a whole, please contact Dr. Marko Nenonen, University Lecturer of Finnish History.

BASIC STUDIES (25 ECTS credits)

HISE1. Introduction to Finnish History (4 credits)

The unit gives the general outline of Finnish history from prehistoric times to the present day. International students are advised to take part in the Finnish History Seminar.

HISE1 can also be taken as a book exam:
Kirby David (eds), A Concise History of Finland (2006) AND
Lehtonen Tuomas M. S. (ed), Europe’s Northern Frontier. Perspectives on Finland’s Western Identity (1999)
OR
Jutikkala, Eino & Pirinen, Kauko, A History of Finland (sixth, revised ed., 2003).

Contact person and examiner: Dr. Marko Nenonen

HISE 2. Shaping of the European North (4 credits)

The unit explores the expansion of the Christian culture sphere to the North, the competition between the western and eastern churches, and the influence of the Vikings and the Hanse.

Course material for book examinations and/or as written assignments:
Sawyer Birgit and Peter, Medieval Scandinavia (1993) AND
Sawyer Peter, Kings and Vikings. Scandinavia and Europe AD 700-1100 (1982)

Contact person and examiner: Prof. Christian Krötzl

HISE 3. Rise of the Great Northern Powers (4 credits)

The unit explores the Swedish and Russian contest for supremacy in the Baltic region in the 17th and 18th centuries, the position of the Baltic provinces and Finland, their participation in the emerging world economy, and the different ways of organising societies in the region.

Course material for book examinations and/or as written assignments:
Please choose two of the following:
Kirby David and Hinkkanen Merja-Liisa, The Baltic and the North Seas (2000)
Thaden Edward C., Russia’s Western Borderlands 1710-1980 (1984)
Palmer, Alan, Northern Shores. A History of the Baltic Sea and its Peoples (2005).

Contact person and examiner: Prof. Christian Krötzl

HISE 4. The Age of Modernisation (5 credits)

The unit gives insights to industrialization, nationalism, socialism, the emergence of the civic society, and social issues such as labour and gender.

Course material for book examinations and/or as written assignments:
Please choose two of the following according to your own interests:
Hall Thomas (ed), Planning and Urban Growth in the Nordic Countries (1991)
Heikkinen Sakari, Labour and Market. Workers, Wages and Living Standards in Finland 1850-1913 (1997)
Hietala Marjatta, Services and Urbanization at the Turn of the Century. The Diffusion of Innovations (1989)
Kirby David, The Baltic World, 1772-1993. Europe’s Northern Periphery in an Age of Change (1995)
Polvinen Tuomo, Imperial Borderland: Bobrikov and the Attempted Russification of Finland, 1898-1904 (1995)
Hjerppe Riitta, The Finnish Economy 1860-1985. Growth and Structural Change (1989)

Contact person and examiner: Prof. Markku Hyrkkänen

HISE 5. Politics in the 20th Century (4 credits)

The unit concentrates on the international politics during the eras of two World Wars and the following Cold War. Finland's position in the international politics will be discussed in the papers and in the additional course material.

Course material for book examinations and/or as written assignments:
Please choose two of the following according to your interests:
Alapuro Risto, State and Revolution in Finland (1988)
Hiden John and Salmon Patrick, The Baltic Nations and Europe. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Twentieth Century (1991)
Jussila Osmo et al., From Grand Duchy to Modern State. A Political History of Finland Since 1809 (1999)
Mylly Juhani and Berry Michael (eds), Political Parties in Finland. Essays in History and Politics (1984)
Polvinen Tuomo, Between East and West. Finland in International Politics 1944- 1947 (1986)
Paasivirta Juhani, Finland and Europe 1917-1939 (1988)
Vehviläinen, Olli, Finland in the Second World War. Between Germany and Russia (2002).

Contact person and examiner: Prof. Mervi Kaarninen

HISE 6. The Nordic Model (4 credits)

The unit focuses on the emergence of the Nordic welfare societies, and the issues of gender, state and citizenship in the Nordic countries.

Course material for book examinations and/or as written assignments:
Please, choose two of the following according to your own interests:
Castells, Manuel & Himanen, Pekka, The Information Society and the Welfare State (2002)
Broberg Gunnar and Roll-Hansen Nils (eds), Eugenics and the Welfare State. Sterilization Policy in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland (1996)
Markkola Pirjo (ed.), Gender and Vocation: Women, Religion and Social Change in the Nordic Countries, 1830-1940 (2000)
Ahonen, Sirkka & Rantala, Jukka (eds), Nordic Lights. Education for Nation and Civic Society in the Nordic Countries, 1850 - 2000 (2001)
Petersen Klaus and Christiansen Niels Finn (eds), The Nordic Welfare States 1900-2000. Scandinavian Journal of History Vol. 26, No. 3, 2001
Lipponen, Päivi and Setälä, Päivi (eds), Women in Finland (1999).

Contact person and examiner: Prof. Mervi Kaarninen

 
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