Guest Post By J. Glenn Evans
We all know a Swede or have known a Swede or know someone who does know a Swede. A lot of us have some Swedish or Scandinavian blood in our veins whether we know it or not. The Viking tourists spread a lot of seed over much of Europe. Probably caught hell when they got back home. Maybe that’s what makes some of them irascible.
But, you know, we owe a lot to the Swedes and their Scandinavian neighbors, the Danish, Fins, Norwegians and so forth. It was a Swede who invented the ironclad ship. He tried to get his king to outfit the Swedish fleet with ironclads. The king said he was crazy and Sweden didn’t have room for such fools. He came over to America and helped create the Merrimac during the Civil War and altered forever-naval history.
It was a Swede that invented the centigrade thermometer now used throughout the world.
It was a Swede who created the Nobel Prize after he provided enough powder to blow up a lot of the world. The Swedes made many other contributions in science, art, literature and music, far too many to mention here, but many more are covered in Swedes From Whence They Came, my book on history and culture of old Sweden that includes bits on the other countries.
We think of the Scandinavians as peace loving folks. Well, before they learned their lesson at least 11 wars took place between Denmark and Sweden before 1914. Like most countries the Swedes had their period of empire under Charles the 12th. They also had their share of outlaw rebels who became folk heroes.
A prominent Swedish friend caused me to write the book on Swedish history and culture. The late Thomas A. Alberg knew that I had written several local histories on northwest pioneer cities. Thomas said to me one day, I have a lot of old country recipes that my mother brought over from Sweden. Why don’t you write a little booklet of Swedish history and print a page of history on one page and on the opposite page print one of her recipes. If you will write and publish the booklet, I’ll finance the printing costs.
So I got busy doing the research and found the Swedish and Scandinavian history so fascinating I kept writing and writing and ended up with a full sized book with an index, 18 chapters and 157 pages. Thomas said, “I didn’t mean to finance a whole book.” I told him the subject is too interesting to limit the project to a simple booklet. Why don’t you throw in what you planned to invest and I’ll finance the rest of the costs. So that is what we did. We published the book with many historical pictures that came from two museums located in Sweden and placed his mother’s old country recipes in the back of the book.
In marketing Swedes From Whence They Came it was most popular at all the Scandinavian festivals that I attended. Even had a Swedish Counselor who grew up in Sweden tell me he loved the book and had learned a lot things about Sweden of which he had been unaware.
The book retails for $10, but as this week’s special offer until 20 January 2014 you can buy copies at $3.00 a copy. Swedes From Whence They Came also makes an excellent gift to any Scandinavian friends you might have. Shipping and handling is $2.00 whether you buy one book or a truckload.
If you choose to go to our website and order through PayPal at the regular price of $9.95, you will receive a refund check for the difference between $3 and $9.95 if ordered before 20 January 2014. By going to the website, you may find other books of interest and your total shipping cost will be only $2.00 for the lot.
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