A part of Sweden until 1809, Finland then became a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire until it declared its independence on December 6, 1917. From these humble beginnings, Finland has emerged as an important player in the European Union (Finland holds the presidency of the EU in the latter half of 2006) and as a useful contact with the newly independent Baltic States, as well as Russia. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Finland not only updates the previous edition but expands its coverage. Through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries covering the more important persons, places, events, institutions, geographic locations, and significant aspects of politics, economy, society, and culture, an accurate historical picture of this country is revealed.
George Maude was docent in international relations at the Law Department of the University of Turku. He has written numerous articles and two books on Finland and is a Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland.
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Alphabetization and Language Note Part 5 Finnish and Swedish Place-Names Part 6 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 7 Map Part 8 Chronology Part 9 Introduction Part 10 THE DICTIONARY Part 11 Appendix A: Heads of State Part 12 Appendix B: Heads of Government in Independent Finland-Party of the Prime Minister and Parties in the Government Part 13 Selected Bibliography Part 14 About the Author