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Bringing the People Back In
State Building from Below in the Nordic Countries ca. 1500-1800

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March 8, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

The formation of states in early modern Europe has long been an important topic for historical analysis. Traditionally, the political and military struggles of kings and rulers were the favoured object of study for academic historians. This book highlights new historical research from Europe’s northern frontier, bringing ‘the people’ back into the discussion of state politics, presenting alternative views of political and social relations in the Nordic countries before industrialization. The early modern period was a time that witnessed initiatives from people from many groups formally excluded from political influence, operating outside the structures of central government, and this book returns to the subject of contentious politics and state building from below.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Bringing the People Back In

1. Bringing the people back in. Repertoires of state building from below in the Nordic countries, c. 1500-1800

Knut Dørum, Mats Hallenberg, Kimmo Katajala

2. The historical sociology of politics as the study of people, power and agency

Michael Braddick

Part 2: The War, Riots and Protests

3. The Ethics of Rule and the Pragmatics of Resistance: Laurentius Paulinus Gothus and Wilhelm Neumair von Ramsla on Good Governance and Popular Politics

Malte Griesse & Miriam Rönnqvist

4. Conflict, State Formation and Literacy

Magne Njåstad

5. Statebreaking from Below: Recognizing the State in Wartime Rebellions

Sari Nauman

6. Pride of the communes – Social change in the military organization of Sixteenth century Sweden

Martin Neuding Skoog

7. Insurgents of the Oldenburg State in Torstensson’s War 1643-1645: Elements of Bargaining, Protestation, and Independent Action

Olli Bäckström

Part 3: Bringing Order to the State from Below

8. Households and State-Building in Early Modern Denmark: A Disobedient Child

Nina Javette Koefoed

9. Policing the guilds: The implementation of guild reforms during Danish absolutism

Jörgen Mührmann-Lund

10. How Soldiers’ Women Built Early Modern States: Stockholm 1544-1635

Martin Andersson

Part 4: Elites in State Formation

11. The Political Strategies and Agency of the Norwegian Nobility in the Oldenburg Conglomerate State 1537–1661

Erik Opsahl

12. An Improvised Empire: Imperial ambitions and local realities in Danish–East India trade (1620–1650)

Kaarle Wirta

13. The State conquers a feudal enclave: Ängsö 1690–1710

Joakim Scherp

Part 5: Formation of the Public Sphere in the 18th Century

14. From subjects to rural citizens? The peasantry and political participation in the late eighteenth-century Swedish realm

Ella Viitaniemi

15. Houses divided? The local churches as spaces of contention in 18th and early 19th century Norway

Trond Bjerkås

16. Local space building as state building? Mediating clergy on the Russo-Swedish borderland

Jenni Merovuo

17. Contested Customs: Swedish Towns and the Private Customs Company, 1726–1762

Magnus Linnarsson

18. Criticism of government in Norway c. 1770–1814

Knut Dørum

Part 6: State Building from Below in Perspective

19. The people and the state. Nordic paths in state formation, 1500–1800

Marjolein 't'Hart

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Knut Dørum is Professor of History at the University of Agder and at the University of Bergen in Norway. His recent research interests touch upon political and social history from below in the period c. 1750–2018. He has published extensively nationally and internationally on urban history, political culture, democratization, state building and female entrepreneurship.

Mats Hallenberg is Professor of History at Stockholm University. He has studied political conflicts over public services in Stockholm, addressing street lighting by contract c. 1750, public sanitation workers c. 1850, municipal tramways after the turn of the century 1900, and the privatisation of services for old people in the late twentieth century.

Kimmo Katajala is Professor of History at the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland. The main topics in his publications are social disturbances, history of borders, cartography and state building in the early modern period. In his ongoing projects he is studying the history in cartography and historical memory.