At first glance, The Agrarian History of Sweden does not look like a promising read: it was written with the intention of providing an encyclopedia-like coverage of Swedish agricultural history, consists of a series of seven back-to-back chronological essays creating a continuous sweep across history (along with an introduction and closing essay), is compressed and translated from a prior five-volume set published in Swedish, and contains virtually no graphics to lighten the flow of text. Despite its obvious special niche, however, it is well written and accessible. In fact, for a historian who has no particular prior knowledge of either Scandinavian or agricultural history, this primer book will provide sufficient foundational information to create broad pictures and to engage...

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