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Alfred Nobel: From Dynamite King to Purveyor of Peace

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 6:30pm

The Nobel name carries significant honor and respect today, almost entirely from the awarding of the annual Nobel Prizes. However, at the end of the nineteenth century, Alfred Nobel was most known for his invention of dynamite and explosives used not only for construction but also for warfare. While very much a man of nineteenth century industrialization, Alfred Nobel's will and testament shocked the world by leaving the vast majority of his immense fortune to award those who sought to better mankind. Historian Glenn Kranking will present an overview of the life and times of Alfred Nobel and the lasting legacy of his last testament.

Cost: Included with museum admission. Free for ASI members.

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Glenn Kranking is a historian of the Baltic Sea Region, focusing on 19th and 20th century Scandinavian, Russian, and Baltic history. Assistant Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, Glenn got his Ph.D. in history from the Ohio State University and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and Tartu University in Estonia. He regularly teaches courses on modern Europe, Scandinavian history from the Vikings to the present, Nordic explorers, Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and seminars on minorities in Europe and the 19th century. He has lived, studied, and researched in Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia.

Glenn is finishing up a research project on the role of minority populations and minority rights in Europe, focusing in particular on the Swedish minority that lived in Estonia and the development of their community and culture (particularly as it related to connections with their homeland) through numerous types of governments from the 1860s until the end of the Second World War when most of them fled to Sweden. His next project looks at Swedes traveling through the Russian Empire in the nineteenth century, comparing their fascination with exotic locations and strong economic possibilities with the persistent Swedish foreign policy concerns of viewing Russia as an enemy.

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