Historical Archaeology

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 211–212 | Cite as

Facing Otherness in Early Modern Sweden: Travel, Migration and Material Transformations, 1500–1800

Magdalena Naum and Fredrik Ekengren (editors), Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, UK, 2018. 367 pp., 67 figs., 5 tables, list of contributors, index. £40.00 cloth/ebook
  • Titta Kallio-SeppäEmail author
Book Review

Facing Otherness in Early Modern Sweden is a rich and ambitious compilation of papers about Sweden, its fringes, and lifeways in faraway colonies during the 16th–19th centuries. This book addresses not only Swedish colonies and colonization in distant areas, but also gives a thorough examination into events within the borders of the great power during its “Era of Greatness,” as the nation stretched its borders and strengthened its administrational functions with various actions. The book portrays Sweden not as a mere periphery, but as the center of tight, functional trade networks that exchanged commodities and people, mingling cultures and traditions across time and space. This edited compilation can be viewed as a sequel to Magdalena Naum and Jonas M. Nordin (editors), Scandinavian Colonialism and the Rise of Modernity (Springer, New York, NY, 2013), that further explores these themes.

The volume editors, Naum and Fredrik Ekengren, are archaeologists with strong expertise in...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OuluOuluFinland

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