Noble conceptions of politics in eighteenth-century Sweden (ca 1740-1790)
Free

Noble conceptions of politics in eighteenth-century Sweden (ca 1740-1790)

By Charlotta Wolff
Free
Book Description

Noble conceptions of politics in eighteenth-century Sweden (ca 1740–1790) is a study of how the Swedish nobility articulated its political ideals, self-images and loyalties during the Age of Liberty and under the rule of Gustav III. This book takes a close look at the aristocracy’s understanding of a free constitution and at the nobility’s complex relationship with the monarchy. Central themes are the old notion of mixed government, classical republican conceptions of liberty and patriotism, as well as noble thoughts on the rights and duties of the citizen, including the right to rebellion against an unrighteous ruler.

The study is a conceptual analysis of public and private political statements made by members of the nobility, such as Diet speeches and personal correspondence. The book contributes to the large body of research on estate-based identities and the transformation of political language in the second half of the eighteenth century by connecting Swedish political ideals and concepts to their European context.

This book is part of the Studia Fennica Historica series.

Table of Contents
  • Noble conceptions of politics in eighteenth-century Sweden
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
    • Political concepts, conceptions and ideas
    • The sources and their context
  • Definitions of a Regime: The Ideal of Mixed Government
    • A moderate monarchy: the powerless king, 1720–1772
    • The authority of the Senate, ca 1752–1769
    • Sweden, an aristocratic republic?
  • Under the Rule of Liberty
    • The state of liberty and liberty as a regime
    • Liberty by law
    • The right and liberty of the Estates, the liberties and rights of the nation
    • Whose liberty?
  • Citizens and Subjects
    • The concept of ‘citizen’
    • Civic virtues and the duties of the citizen
    • Patriotic duties and state reason
  • Fealty, Corrupted Virtue and the Right to Rebellion
    • “Faithful subjects”
    • Reinventing liberty: the Gustavian moment
    • Broken covenant and rebellion
    • ‘Nation’, ‘rights’ and plotting on behalf of and against the fatherland
    • Liberty usurped: Gustav the Tyrant
  • Conclusion
  • Sources and references
    No review for this book yet, be the first to review.
      No comment for this book yet, be the first to comment
      You May Also Like
      Also Available On
      App store smallGoogle play small
      Categories
      Curated Lists
      • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
        by Christopher M. Bishop
        Data mining
        by I. H. Witten
        The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction
        by Various
        See more...
      • CK-12 Chemistry
        by Various
        Concept Development Studies in Chemistry
        by John Hutchinson
        An Introduction to Chemistry - Atoms First
        by Mark Bishop
        See more...
      • Microsoft Word - How to Use Advanced Algebra II.doc
        by Jonathan Emmons
        Advanced Algebra II: Activities and Homework
        by Kenny Felder
        de2de
        by
        See more...
      • The Sun Who Lost His Way
        by
        Tania is a Detective
        by Kanika G
        Firenze_s-Light
        by
        See more...
      • Java 3D Programming
        by Daniel Selman
        The Java EE 6 Tutorial
        by Oracle Corporation
        JavaKid811
        by
        See more...