Eighteenth-century Sweden was deeply involved in the process of globalisation: ships leaving Sweden’s central ports exported bar iron that would drive the Industrial Revolution, whilst arriving ships would bring not only exotic goods and commodities to Swedish consumers, but also new ideas and cultural practices with them. At the same time, Sweden was an agricultural country to a large extent governed by self-subsistence, and - for most - wealth was created within this structure. This volume brings together a group of scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who seek to present a more nuanced and elaborated picture of the Swedish cosmopolitan eighteenth century. Together they paint a picture of Sweden that is more like the one eighteenth-century intellectuals imagined, and help to situate Sweden in histories of cosmopolitanism of the wider world.
GÃ¶ran Rydén is Professor of Economic History at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University, Sweden.
’The diversity of areas covered means that the reader receives a lot of interesting and useful information. The authors also show that individuals and institutions in Sweden were affected by international circumstances... emphasis on the importance of international ties for Swedish developments in the eighteenth century makes the book an important contribution to the ongoing discussion about globalization in the early modern world.’ Economic History Review