Within the growing attention to the diverse forms and
trajectories of modern societies, the Nordic countries are now
widely seen as a distinctive and instructive case. While
discussions have centred on the OCyNordic modelOCO of the welfare
state and its record of adaptation to the changing global
environment of the late twentieth century, this volumeOCOs focus
goes beyond these themes. The guiding principle here is that a
long-term historical-sociological perspective is needed to make
sense of the Nordic paths to modernity; of their significant but
not complete convergence in patterns, which for some time were
perceived as aspects of a model to be emulated in other settings;
and of the specific features that still set the five countries in
question (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) apart from
one another. The contributors explore transformative processes,
above all the change from an absolutistmilitary state to a
democratic one with its welfarist phase, as well as the crucial
experiences that will have significant implications on future
Johann Pall Arnason
• Bjorn Wittrock
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