Gender and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Sweden: Queen Louisa Ulrika (1720-1782), 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gender and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Sweden

Queen Louisa Ulrika (1720-1782), 1st Edition

By Elise M. Dermineur


254 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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This book retraces the life and experience of Princess Louisa Ulrika of Prussia (1720-1782), who became queen of Sweden, with a particular emphasis on her political role and activities. As crown princess (1744-1751), queen (1751-1771) and then queen dowager (1771-1782) of Sweden, Louisa Ulrika took an active role in political matters. From the moment she arrived in Sweden, and throughout her life, Louisa Ulrika worked tirelessly towards increasing the power of the monarchy. Described variously as fierce, proud, haughty, intelligent, self-conscious of her due royal prerogatives, filled with political ambitions, and accused by many of her contemporaries of wanting to restore absolutism, she never diverted from her objective to make the Swedish monarchy stronger, despite obstacles and adversities. As such, she embodied the perfect example of a female consort who was in turn a political agent, instrument and catalyst. More than just a biography, this book places Louisa Ulrika within the wider European context, thus shedding light on gender and politics in the early modern period.

Table of Contents


1. A Prussian Princess in the Midst of European Politics (1720-1744)

2. Crown Princess of Sweden: A Political Agent in the Making (1744-1751)

3. A Frustrated Queen (1751-1755)

4. The Turning Point (1756)

5. A Queen in the Political Arena (1756-1770)

6. The Dusk of the Northern Star: The Last Years (1770-1782)

Concluding Remarks

About the Author

Elise M. Dermineur is a Pro Futura Scientia fellow both at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and at Umeå University, Sweden.

About the Series

International Relations and the European Atlantic World, 1660-1830

Demonstrating the centrality of international relations to global developments, this new series offers a platform for the publication of scholarly research based upon a variety of historical approaches and contrasting geographical and chronological perspectives. It includes not only traditional archive-based studies but also more conceptual works drawing on the perspectives of International Relations theory, in order to encourage a rethinking of the subject and thus of approaches to global history.

Covering the long-eighteenth century, it will draw together studies from a variety of historically based disciplines (cultural, political, literary, visual and military) to explore subjects fundamental to the political, economic and cultural development of the Atlantic world. In particular, it will underline the fundamental role of the Atlantic Ocean acting as conduit for ideas and exchange, both within Europe and on a global scale. Books in the series will further understanding of how theory and practice of European international relations related to the wider world, and how diplomacy actually functioned in a rapidly changing political environment. The relationship between policy and strategy in the European Atlantic system, the role of commerce - both as business and ideology - will all be covered, with specific reference to the great events of the period including Anglo-French relations, the French and American revolutions, developing notions of colonialism and imperialism, and the Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Renaissance