Nearly all research done at U’s Wilson Library
Stillwater, Minnesota author and Friends of the Libraries member John A. Yilek has written a new book called History of Norway, which clearly describes Norway’s history from the earliest cultures of the Stone Age to the present day.
Almost all of the research for the book was conducted in the Norwegian nonfiction collection at the University of Minnesota’s Wilson Library, Yilek said. The book is the first comprehensive history of Norway by an American author in almost 70 years, and it is filled with stories of Vikings, the Sami, kings and queens, farmers and fishermen, the Black Death, the Hanseatic merchants, the Reformation, Norwegian independence, emigration from Norway to America, polar explorers, World War II in Norway, and much more.
The book is available in paperback or ebook at bookstores, Scandinavian gift shops, and online booksellers.
Yilek is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.A., 1971) and the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1976). He teaches Norwegian history in the Mindekirken Norwegian Language & Culture Program in Minneapolis.