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

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.

Noble conceptions of politics in eighteenth-century Sweden
Title Page
Copyright Page
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
Sources and references
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