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Alternatives to the Military State?: The Swedish Estates' reactions to Absolutist policies during the Great Northern War
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1844-0269
2015 (English)In: Revue d'histoire Nordique, ISSN 1778-9605, no 18, 147-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, the meeting of the Estates in 1710, and the policies suggested during this meeting is described. It is argued that the Estates had a different view of state and society than the absolutist regime. As an alternative to the heavily militarized state, which endeavoured to control all parts of society, the Estates suggested policies that they thought would lead to greater prosperity. This would be achieved by freeing the economy from state control, and above all by concluding peace. To solve the immediate financial problems of the Crown, a system of borrowing against guarantees from the Estates was proposed, which would have meant a financial revolution of the same kind that England had recently introduced. Steven Pincus theory of revolutions is furthermore applied to the Swedish developments, and it is argued that the state-modernization forced on Sweden by the disastrous Great Northern war lead to proposals for change both from the Estates and the Crown.

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2015. no 18, 147-169 p.
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Estates, absolutism, peace, prosperity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118015OAI: diva2:818860
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2015-06-09Bibliographically approved

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