Geography of Sweden through History

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Yet another portrayal of the shifting historical borders of a nation through history. (The picture below is an animated gif file and some computers may take some time to load the entire file before you can view the animation.)

sweden through history

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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5 Responses to Geography of Sweden through History

  1. One quibble — 1809 “independence” of Finland was really loss of Finland to Russia — I got that from a Swedish friend I sent this to.

  2. Master Cook says:

    I was going to point out the same thing.

    Technically, Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy between 1809 and 1917, where the Grand Duke happened to be the Russian Tsar. And it was administered separately from the rest of the Russian Empire and did have genuine local autonomy. The Tsars seemed to like Finland and worked to keep their bureaucrats from treating it like the rest of their empire. In many ways this prefigured the Finland -USSR relationship after World War II.

    Still to call Finland “independent” after 1809 stretches things a bit.

  3. Maybe “1809 Finland under Russian administration” would capture it.

  4. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    I think the period 1397-1523 was dominated by Denmark – is that correct?