[H-verkko] Arvosteltavaksi: Scandinavia in the Age of Revolution. Nordic Political Cultures, 1740–1820

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Scandinavia in the Age of Revolution Nordic Political Cultures, 1740– 
1820 Scandinavia in the Age of Revolution

Edited by Pasi Ihalainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Michael  
Bregnsbo, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, Karin Sennefelt,  
Uppsala University, Sweden and Patrik Winton, Uppsala University, Sweden

The 'Age of Revolution' is a term seldom used in Scandinavian  
historiography, despite the fact that Scandinavia was far from  
untouched by the late eighteenth-century revolutions in Europe and  
America. Scandinavia did experience its outbursts of radical thought,  
its assassinations and radical reforms, but these occurred within  
reasonably stable political structures, practices and ways of  
thinking. As recent research on the political cultures of the Nordic  
countries clearly demonstrates, the Danish, Finnish, Icelandic,  
Norwegian and Swedish experiences of the late-eighteenth and early- 
nineteenth centuries offer a more differentiated look at what  
constitutes 'revolutionary' change in this period compared with other  
regions in Europe. They provide an alternative story of an incipient  
transition towards modernity, a 'Nordic model' in which radical change  
takes place within an apparent continuity of the established order.  
The long-term products of the processes of change that began in the  
Age of Revolution were some of the most progressive and stable  
political systems in the modern world.

At the same time, the Scandinavian countries provide a number of  
instances which are directly relevant to comparisons particularly  
within the northwest European cultural area. Presenting the latest  
research on political culture in Scandinavia, this volume with twenty- 
seven contributions focuses on four key aspects: the crisis of  
monarchy; the transformation in political debate; the emerging  
influence of commercial interest in politics; and the shifting  
boundaries of political participation. Each section is preceded by an  
introduction that draws out the main themes of the chapters and how  
they contribute to the broader themes of the volume and to overall  
European history. Generously illustrated throughout, this book will  
introduce non-Scandinavian readers to developments in the Nordic  
countries during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries  
and both complement and challenge research into the political cultures  
of Europe and America.
Contents: Preface, Thomas Munck; General introduction, Pasi Ihalainen  
and Karen Sennefelt; Section I The Crisis and Renewal of Monarchy: The  
crisis and renewal of monarchy: introduction, Michael Bregnsbo; The  
monarchy in the Swedish age of liberty (1719–1772), Jonas Nordin; The  
image of kingship in Sweden 1772–1809, Henrika Tandefelt; Struensee  
and the political culture of absolutism, Michael Bregnsbo; The great,  
the pages and the end of 18th century Danish court culture, Ulrik  
Langen; Postal censorship and the control of public sentiment in late  
absolutist Denmark, Sune Christian Pedersen. Section II The  
Transformation of Political Debate: The transformation of political  
debate: introduction, Pasi Ihalainen; Gradual reconsiderations of  
Lutheran conceptions of politics, Michael Bregnsbo and Pasi Ihalainen;  
Aristocratic notions of liberty and patriotism in the age of liberty,  
Charlotta Wolff; Freedom of the press and social equality in Sweden,  
1766–1772, Marie-Christine Skuncke; The politics of publishing:  
freedom of the press in Denmark, 1770–1773, Henrik Horstbøll; The  
transformation of Danish monarchism in the age of enlightenment, Jeppe  
Nevers; Continuity and change in the language of politics at the  
Swedish Diet, 1769–1810, Pasi Ihalainen and Anders Sundin; Marriage,  
family and gender in Swedish political language, 1750–1820, Karin  
Hassan Jansson. Section III Commercial Interests and Politics in  
Scandinavia, 1730–1815: Commercial interests and politics in  
Scandinavia, 1730–1815; introduction, Patrik Winton; The politics of  
commerce in Sweden, 1730–1770, Patrik Winton; The Swedish Diet as a  
forum for gathering commercial and political information, Petri  
Karonen; Political practices among merchants in Denmark and Norway in  
the period of absolutism, Bård Frydenlund; Iceland under British  
protection during the Napoleonic wars, Anna Agnarsdóttir. Section IV  
The Shifting Boundaries of Political Participation: The shifting  
boundaries of political participation: introduction, Karin Sennefelt;  
Popular resistance in peasant communities in Norway, c. 1700–1850,  
Knut Dørum; Danish peasants making politics in the 18th century,  
Birgit Løgstrup; Communicative power and the absolutist state: Denmark- 
Norway, c. 1750–1800, Mona Renate Ringvej; Masculinity, sociability  
and citizenship in Stockholm in the age of liberty, Karin Sennefelt;  
Gender and politics before and after the Norwegian Constitution of  
1814, Hilde Sandvik; Bibliography; Index.

·  About the Editor: Pasi Ihalainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland,  
Michael Bregnsbo, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, Karin  
Sennefelt, Uppsala University, Sweden and Patrik Winton, Uppsala  
University, Sweden.

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