Research topic: History of Norway
The history of Norway was a traditional subject in the schools, where Wergeland and Nansen were the great heroes, and the national fervour was almost tangible. But the history of Norway also means the history about Norway’s development from the oldest times, from when the ice melted and up to today.
It is a history which is in constant change, because archeologists, historians and other researchers continue to reach new results. Therefore voluminous new histories of Norway come out at intervals of 25 years.
The most important distinctive features in the history of Norway are the following:
- There was a well-organized Norwegian medieval state while Europe was by and large in feudal disarray.
- With the events of 1814, Norwegians rebelled against a European peace agreement and got Europe’s most liberal constitution.
- Emigration from Norway to the USA was the second largest in Europe in proportion to the population.
From 1880 and up to today, Norway has gone through an economic development which has placed the country among the very richest in the world. Much of this is due to the efficient exploitation of rich natural resources such as timber, water power, oil and gas.