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Mechanics of patronage: Christopher Polhem and the changing regimes of the Swedish state (1680–1750)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6013-1991
2016 (English)In: Artefact: techniques, histoire et sciences humaines, ISSN 2273-0753, no 4-5, 135-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay approaches the politics of early modern technology through the Swedish mechanical practitioner Christopher Polhem. During the absolute monarchy of early 18th century Sweden, Polhem successfully attained royal patronage. But under the constitutional monarchy of the 1720s, his royal connections became a problem. Through Polhem, this essay aims to show the irony of how mechanical practitioners, who presented themselves as faithful subjects of an early modern order, retrospectively have been interpreted as agents of change.

Abstract [fr]

Cet essai traite des politiques liées à la technologie pendant la période moderne à partir du mécanicien suédois Christophe Polhem. Durant la monarchie absolue du début du xviiie siècle, Polhem obtient avec succès un patronage royal. Mais sous la monarchie constitutionnelle des années 1720, ses relations royales devien- nent problématiques. À partir de Polhem, cet article vise à montrer l’ironie de la manière dont certains mécaniciens, présentés comme de dèles sujets de l’ordre de la première modernité, ont été considérés comme des agents de changements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. no 4-5, 135-146 p.
Keyword [en]
absolutism, early modern, mechanics, patronage, Sweden
Keyword [fr]
absolutisme, époque moderne, mécanique, patronage, Suède
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History of Ideas
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History Of Sciences and Ideas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141162OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141162DiVA: diva2:1086440
Available from: 2017-04-03 Created: 2017-04-03 Last updated: 2017-04-05Bibliographically approved

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