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Multiple Modernities: A Tale of Scandinavian Experiences by Gunnar Skirbekk (review)

Multiple Modernities: A Tale of Scandinavian Experiences by Gunnar Skirbekk (review) Book Reviews 707 Multiple Modernities: A Tale of Scandinavian Experiences. By gunnar skirbekk. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2011. 232 pp. $45.00 (cloth). This book is an excellent historical review and theoretical discus- sion of the recent historical origins of what we may call Norwegian “model modernity.” And yet, strangely, one aspect that is not discussed is the implications for Norwegian modernization of the location of Norway, at the northern periphery of Europe. Let me come back to this issue in a moment. First, I must note the clear and forceful expo- sition and the highly interesting discussions in the book, which is a penetrating view of how the well-ordered, uncorrupt, rational, rela- tively egalitarian twentieth-century societies on the northern fringes of Europe came to be. It will surely appeal to all scholars interested in the plurality of modernity. Indeed, the publication by the press of the Chinese University of Hong Kong should ensure that it reaches an audience far beyond Scandinavianists and will influence ongoing scholarly debates. Publishing around the globe from Norway is clearly intentional; the author, Skirbekk, is a founder of the Marco Polo pro- gram for “comparative studies of cultural modernization in Europe and East http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Multiple Modernities: A Tale of Scandinavian Experiences by Gunnar Skirbekk (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 24 (3) – Nov 12, 2013

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Book Reviews 707 Multiple Modernities: A Tale of Scandinavian Experiences. By gunnar skirbekk. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2011. 232 pp. $45.00 (cloth). This book is an excellent historical review and theoretical discus- sion of the recent historical origins of what we may call Norwegian “model modernity.” And yet, strangely, one aspect that is not discussed is the implications for Norwegian modernization of the location of Norway, at the northern periphery of Europe. Let me come back to this issue in a moment. First, I must note the clear and forceful expo- sition and the highly interesting discussions in the book, which is a penetrating view of how the well-ordered, uncorrupt, rational, rela- tively egalitarian twentieth-century societies on the northern fringes of Europe came to be. It will surely appeal to all scholars interested in the plurality of modernity. Indeed, the publication by the press of the Chinese University of Hong Kong should ensure that it reaches an audience far beyond Scandinavianists and will influence ongoing scholarly debates. Publishing around the globe from Norway is clearly intentional; the author, Skirbekk, is a founder of the Marco Polo pro- gram for “comparative studies of cultural modernization in Europe and East

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 12, 2013

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