I am particularly fascinated by the period of the Vasa dynasty in 16th-17th century Sweden and Poland, the history of the Grand Duchy of Finland between 1809-1917, and the Russo-Finnish wars in 1939-1944. I have long admired the Marshal of Finland, C.G.E. Mannerheim (1867-1951), a Swedish-Finnish nobleman and former Tsarist officer, who successfully defended Finland from Soviet annexation attempts during World War II.
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