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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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A PRÉCIS

OF THE

PUBLIC LAW OF FINLAND.

I.

HISTORICAL SUMMARY.

(1) Christianity was introduced into Finland
by the Swedes, who undertook several crusades
with this object in the course of the twelfth and
thirteenth centuries. These crusades resulted
at the same time in the conquest of the country.
The social organisation of the native
inhabitants being still very primitive, the country
received the laws and institutions of the
conquerors together with their religion. However
passive the condition of the conquered might
be at first; it was not long in changing. In the
middle of the fourteenth century the Finnish

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