An Economic History of Sweden. By Lars Magnusson. London: Routledge, 2000. Pp. xvii, 305. $70.00
AbstractThis book is an English translation of the abridged edition of Professor Magnusson s grand survey of Swedish economic history. The latter has emerged as the standard introductory text on the subject within Sweden, and this book is likely finally to replace Eli Heckscher s venerable work of the same title (actually a translation of a popular work first published in 1957) as the Anglophone s introduction of choice to Swedish economic history. In exchange for later coverage and a more up-to-date approach, however, the reader will have to forego any discussion of the period before 1750. While Magnusson s Swedish text covers earlier centuries, this material was apparently deemed inessential for Anglo-Saxons. Unfortunately, there will also be some loss of reading pleasure. Although certainly competent and understandable, the present translation is excessively mechanical. The book s Swedish origin is apparent, without, however, preserving the smooth flow of Magnusson s prose. Nor is it up to the admittedly very high standard established by Goran Ohlin (with the active participation of Alexander Gerschenkron) with his translation of Heckscher.
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