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Sweden’s Early-Modern Neutrality: Neutral Vessels, Prize Cases and Diplomatic Actors in London in the Late Eighteenth Century
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Early Modern History, ISSN 1385-3783, E-ISSN 1570-0658, Vol. 23, no 5, p. 475-490Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Early modern shipping under neutral flags was an activity that required many capacities, combining practices from three different fields: commerce and shipping, diplomacy, and international law. This complexity of neutral shipping is the reason why traditional diplomatic history paid limited attention to it, despite the fact that shipping and prize cases consumed much of the attention and time of diplomats of neutral nations. The neutral agents had to be able to understand, communicate and move between all three fields. This article studies seizures of Swedish neutral vessels by British privateers and the Royal Navy between 1770 and 1800, including the years of the War of American Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars. It provides examples of how exchanges between different field actors—e.g. shipmasters, ship-owners, merchants, agents, lawyers, naval officers and diplomats—were communicated and understood from the perspective of Sweden’s representatives in London.

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2019. Vol. 23, no 5, p. 475-490
Keywords [en]
British privateering, prize cases, Sweden’s neutral shipping
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-174895DOI: 10.1163/15700658-12342650ISI: 000499221200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-174895DiVA, id: diva2:1360604
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Special Issue: A Multitude of Actors in Early Modern Diplomacy.

Available from: 2019-10-14 Created: 2019-10-14 Last updated: 2020-01-07Bibliographically approved

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