- Taschenbuch: 246 Seiten
- Verlag: Intercultural Press (25. November 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 193193018X
- ISBN-13: 978-1931930185
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 1,9 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 492.770 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. November 2004
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Lewis attributes Finnish achievements in the last century to the culture rather than to political or business prowess. -- Nancy J. Adler, Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada Reference & Research Book News Richard Lewis brings his extensive knowledge of Finland to a wide audience, capturing the mystery and setting the context for its continued success. Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf is a book of many insights-about Finland and the world beyond. Matthew Kirk, British Ambassador to Finland
A communications trainer based in Finland for 50 years, Lewis traces how the Finnish people transformed their war-torn country with a struggling economy in 1945, into a leader in technology and major diplomatic player in Europe by the end of the century. He attributes their achievements to the culture rather than to political or business prowess. AAlle Produktbeschreibungen
After a very interesting chapter on the origins of the Finnish people and the Finnish language, the author covers a wide array of topics ranging from beliefs and values to leadership structures, from the image of Finland at home and abroad to humour. The section that I found particularly fascinating was about the conventions of conversation. How we talk with one another is simply something we don't think about most of the times. To encounter different conventions of how to talk, when to talk and how to react to what the other person says can be quite confusing. It is an interesting topic, but also had, in my case at least, the unpleasant side-effect that I became hyper-aware the way I talked, and rather self-conscious about it.
On occasion I thought the author was a little too convinced that he knows exactly what is going on. What I thought was also a bit surprising was that when he talks about Finnish people almost always refers to men. Finnish women may deserve their own chapter, as he says, but this chapter is only 8 pages long. I mean, the book was published in 2005 not 1905.
That said, 'Finland. Cultural Lone Wolf' is definitely an interesting and thought-provoking book.
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But apart from their success in forging a wealthy and egalitarian nation, the Finns stand out in many other ways. For one, they are not really all that Scandinavian. Their origins are obscure, but it is clear that their language and culture has roots outside of the Indo-European group. In some ways, like the Basques perhaps, they are a small and unique nationality with a world view that we should all admire. Among their virtues, Finns are extraordinarily honest, so much so that some see them as blunt. They can also be very taciturn. Indeed, the uninformed traveler to Finland may mistake their parsimonious use of spoken language as a sign of coldness or obtuseness. As Lewis points out, to the contrary, Finns are very intellectually inclined, but are deeply suspicious of wordy or flamboyant people. Also of interest, the author delves into why Finnish women have been so successful and have attained full equality in all spheres of life.
Even if you don't have the chance to visit Finland, this is a great book to read if you are interested in learning about a country that is getting it right!
As a truly modest Finn I can not see why our nation would differ from any other, to better or worse. But Lewis makes several points I have to agree on, about the Finnish nature, especially common sense, separateness, etc. etc... and I've never thought of the Finnish language giving us an advance in way of thinking.. a very interesting point indeed.
Overall, a very interesting read, if you're interested in the mindset of this small-yet-big nation up north..
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