User:Peter Isotalo

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svDen här användaren talar svenska som modersmål.
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This user has an advanced understanding of the Cyrillic script.
This user is a translator from Swedish to English on Wikipedia:Translation.
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My name is Peter Isotalo. I was born in Moscow in 1980 and currently live in Bandhagen, a suburb of Stockholm. I have a bachelor's degree with a major in history. I've also studied Chinese, linguistics and ethnology, all at Stockholm University (SU). I have the equivalent of a Swedish master's degree in archival science from SU.

I mostly work on history-related articles, but have ventured into other areas within the humanities, with occasional forays into other topics.

I have been active on Wikipedia since February of 2005.

Major contributions

primary contributor

Minor contributions

meaningful amounts of new info added

Copyediting, reviewing and advising

Articles started

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Peasants pressing green grapes
A burning cigarette
The Galley Subtle as depicted in the Anthony Roll
Salvage of the Mary Rose in October 1982
Sailing ships battling one another with one on fire.
Line drawing of a square-rigged sailing ship with three masts


The Blondin award of good balance
You have been presented with the prestigious Blondin Award for walking the tightrope with
grace amongst the interwikis. The image represents the amazing Charles Blondin carrying
Jimbo Wales safely across the Niagara Falls. Bishonen | talk 09:57, 16 March 2014 (UTC).[19]

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ships, language and cuisine in history
Thank you, Peter, for using your advanced language skills for quality articles on history, such as Kronan, Swedish language and Medieval cuisine, for fighting vandalism and raising understanding for the Swedish Wikipedia, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:57, 23 June 2014 (UTC)[20]


It is the nature of man to build the most complicated cage of rules and regulations in which to trap himself, and then, with equal ingenuity and zest, to bend his brain to the problem of wriggling triumphantly out again.

— Barbara Henisch, Fast and Feast: Food in Medieval Society

What the... That's like asking a flock of gulls about where to find something to eat!

— Swedish satirist Jan Berglin about the fact that Wikipedia is written by its own readers

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