Charles XI and Swedish Absolutism, 1660-1697

Charles XI and Swedish Absolutism, 1660-1697

by A. F. Upton
     
 

ISBN-10: 052102448X

ISBN-13: 9780521024488

Pub. Date: 01/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the last decades of the seventeenth century Swedish king Charles XI, launched a remarkable bid to stabilize and secure Sweden's position as a major power in northern Europe and as master of the Baltic Sea. This project, which is almost unknown to students of history outside Sweden, involved a comprehensive overhaul of the government and institutions of the kingdom,…  See more details below

Overview

In the last decades of the seventeenth century Swedish king Charles XI, launched a remarkable bid to stabilize and secure Sweden's position as a major power in northern Europe and as master of the Baltic Sea. This project, which is almost unknown to students of history outside Sweden, involved a comprehensive overhaul of the government and institutions of the kingdom, on the basis of establishing Sweden as a model of absolute monarchy. This book gives an account of what was achieved under the direction of a distinctly unglamorous, but pious and conscientious ruler who was convinced of his Christian duty to secure the welfare of his kingdom and the subjects God had placed in his care.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521024488
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Swedish words used in the text
Currencies in use in Sweden
Dates
Comparative chronology
The Structure of government before and after 1680
Foreword
List of abbreviations
1Introduction: the historical background to Sweden's seventeenth-century crisis1
2The formative years: regency and war, 1660-167911
3The defining of the absolute monarchy31
4The financial reconstruction51
5The indelningsverk and the rebuilding of the armed forces71
6The search for external security, 1679-168690
7The consolidation of the absolutist system107
8Completing the superstructure131
9The royal government at work151
10The external territories under the absolutism179
11The maturing of Charles XI's foreign policies201
12The last years of the reign213
13The absolutism of Charles XI251
Bibliography262
Index273

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