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Collapse of a Bourgeoisie? The Wealthy in Stockholm, 1915-1965
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, ISSN 0358-5522, E-ISSN 1750-2837, Vol. 57, no 1, 88-105 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the decline of the propertied bourgeoisie in Sweden in the twentieth century by analyzing data from the Stockholm Directory of Wealth reporting on private wealth in the years 1914, 1928 and 1963. Wealth tax statistics are used as complementary sources. How did the overall level of wealth change among the affluent Stockholmers during this period? Who were the wealthiest people in Stockholm and how did the social stratification withinthe richest change over time? The main results are: first, strongly declining overall mean wealth (-58 per cent) among the richest with a dramatic drop already before 1945 (thus before the expansion of the welfare state); and, second, surprisingly stable social positions among the wealthiest between 1914 and 1963, despite radical changes in society and a dramatic decline in mean wealth.

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2009. Vol. 57, no 1, 88-105 p.
Keyword [en]
wealth, affluent groups, bourgeoisie, twentieth century, Sweden, class, social stratification, database on wealth holding
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Social Sciences
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Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-33306DOI: 10.1080/03585520802704191OAI: diva2:282922
Den svenska borgerligheten 1900-1970
Available from: 2009-12-22 Created: 2009-12-22 Last updated: 2012-02-14Bibliographically approved

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