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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 May 2023 5:36 p.m. PST

Europe has produced its share of mighty empires down through the ages, and when you run the list of them through your head, the one that probably doesn't spring first to mind is Sweden. But during the 16th and 17th centuries, Sweden indeed achieved great-power status and oversaw a Northern European empire that rendered the Baltic Sea—as geostrategically vital then as it is today—a virtual Swedish lake. By controlling the Baltic, Sweden had a chokehold on the fortunes of all the nations along its rim…

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