We chronologically chart Swedish history in a light-hearted and conversational way. Each episode we continue the narrative and talk about the relevant period in question. Vikings included!
43. Valdemar: The Shackles Are Finally Off
King Valdemar is finally free of the shackles that his father, Birger Jarl, placed on his rule and he is ready to do some actual kinging! He will reign, he will rule, he will change things, and he will build things. Or no, he actually will not do much at all. Because Valdemar has brothers, and one brother in particular, Magnus, will cause endless trouble for him and hamper his reign.
Still, he does find time to get nice and cosy with a runaway Danish nun...!
42. No Finish to Swedish Expansion
Moi and welcome to Finland! From now, Finland will play an integral role in the history of Sweden. In this episode we go back in time, to cover hundreds of years of Finnish history until the Swedes come into the story. We cover how Finland developed, what the different societies living there looked like and what they go up to around the Baltic Sea. We then look at how the first interactions with Swedish Kings and their expeditions shaped the future of this land of lakes!
41. An Island of its Own; The History of Gotland So Far
This time we introduce a new landmass to our chronological story: The island of Gotland! We cover thousands of years of Gotland's history, with a focus on trade and how it fits into the story of the Baltic Sea and the surrounding regions. We'll see why as time goes on, the island becomes more and more integrated with the Swedish Kingdom, but it definitely is a gradual process. We then look at the origins of a new northern European trade network!
Includes our funniest/worst mispronunciation blooper so far at the end of the episode!
S4. Sweden and the Chernobyl Disaster
April 2021 saw the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Whilst widely known around the world as a disastrous industrial accident, Sweden's involvement in the aftermath is usually overlooked. In this new special episode, we will explore how the world outside the USSR found out about the disaster, with help from a Swedish power plant worker's shoes!
As it is a special episode, we have a special creator of the episode picture; Åsa!
40. Birger Jarl or Birger King?
In our third and final episode about Birger Jarl, the mighty Jarl continues to rule as the puppet master of his son, King Valdemar. He appoints his other sons dukes and even uses the title himself occasionally. He has a second marriage and with that creates an unholy alliance that annoys the Danes. Plus, Sweden fights some more in the east, along with other developments. But even a mighty man like Birger Jarl will eventually lay down for his final rest, and once he's done that, we look back at his life and rule and ask ourselves if he was Birger Jarl, or was he in fact more like Birger King?
Stay tuned at the end of the episode to hear more about our new website: www.aflatpackhistoryofsweden.com
39. The Mighty Jarl Rises
It is time to continue our discussion about the life and deeds of Birger Jarl. This time we look specifically at what happens in the 1250s, a busy decade for our rising leader. He is occupied by marrying off his kids to form political alliances, quashing domestic rebellions, and buttering up visiting German traders. We also see what happened in a war that never was!
Finally we skip forward to the 20th century to examine a rather rash decision by Stockholm City Council...
Very informative and engaging podcast. The hosts are entertaining, and I’ve learned many things that no world history class here in America has ever taught me. And as a learner of the Swedish language, the Swedish phrases at the beginning of each episode help me to learn more slang and idioms. Would definitely recommend to any history buffs, language learners, or general podcast listeners :)
As an American with a lot of Swedish ancestors, I wanted to know more about the history of Sweden. This podcast has been a great way to do that. I listen to an episode every morning on my way to work (until I get caught up). I just finished episode 26 this morning.
I really like the episodes that are recorded outdoors because the sounds from the environment make it into the show.
Det är fredag mina bekanta!
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A fun and thought-provoking approach to Swedish history
This is the first podcast that I’ve binge-listened to, and for good reason. Listening to Åsa and Chris discuss Swedish history is like sitting down with friends over a good dinner - conversational and fun. What makes it doubly rewarding is the way they address “meta” issues of history as they unfold the narrative. Their treatment makes the material both engaging and thought-provoking at the same time.