Michael Bregnsbo & Kurt Villads Jensen
University Press of Southern Denmark
c/o International Specialized Book Services
920 Northeast 58th Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97213
9788776748708, $39.00, PB, 339pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Schleswig and Holstein have been contested regions in Europe for more than thousand years, but contested between different peoples and groups, and for very different reasons. In modern times, they have been closely connected to the building up of national identity and the formation of the modern nation state. Since the division in 1920 of Schleswig into a northern, Danish part and a southern, German part, this region has also been an interesting example for international studies on whether it is possible to maintain regional cultural and economic cooperation across a modern state border, and on the rights and duties of linguistic minorities. Collaborative compiled and co-edited by Michael Bregnsbo (Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark at Odense) and Kurt Villads Jensen (Professor, Department of History, Stockholm University) "Schleswig Holstein-- Contested Region(s) Through History" aims at viewing the areas in their own right over a period of thousand years, and not simply as appendages to modern Danish and German nation-building. This does not imply that they are seen as isolated entities, still less that the regions around them and many strong and varied influences from outside are ignored. Rather, "Schleswig Holstein" aims at investigating how Schleswig and Holstein have constantly been contested places, situated where different interests and forces have collided.
Critique: A collective work of outstanding and seminal scholarship, "Schleswig Holstein" is comprised of fifteen eruditely written and exceptionally informative articles by expert and knowledgeable contributors. A welcome and unique contribution to the history of the region, "Schleswig Holstein" is especially recommended for community, college, and university library European History collections in general, and Schleswig Holstein History supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
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|Title Annotation:||Schleswig Holstein: Contested Region(s) Through History|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2016|
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