Charles XI and Swedish Absolutism, 1660-1697by A. F. Upton
Pub. Date: 01/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The reading public outside Sweden knows littl e of that country's history, beyond the era in the seventeenth century when Sweden under Gustavus Adolphus became a major European power by her intervention in the Thirty Years' War. In the last decades of the seventeenth century another Swedish king, Charles XI, launched a less dramatic but remarkable bid to stabilise and secure Sweden's position as a major power in northern Europe and as master of the Baltic Sea. This book gives an account of what was achieved under the absolutist direction of a distinctly unglamorous, but pious and conscientious ruler.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the historical background to Sweden's seventeenth-century crisis; 2. The formative years: regency and war, 1660–79; 3. The defining of the absolute monarchy; 4. The financial reconstruction; 5. The indelningswerk and the rebuilding of the armed forces; 6. The search for external security, 1679–86; 7. The consolidation of the absolutist system; 8. Completing the superstructure; 9. The royal government at work; 10. The external territories under absolutism; 11. The maturing of Charles XI's foreign policies; 12. The last years of the reign; 13. The absolutism of Charles XI; Bibliography; Index.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >