Royal Police Ordinances in Early Modern Sweden: The Emergence of Voluntaristic Understanding of Law

Royal Police Ordinances in Early Modern Sweden: The Emergence of Voluntaristic Understanding of Law

by Toomas Kotkas

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Overview

Royal Police Ordinances in Early Modern Sweden offers a comprehensive account of the legal regulation of 16th- and 17th-century Swedish society. In comparison to present day usage, during the early modern period the term 'political' has a broader meaning. It referred to 'good societal order' covering a variety of areas of societal life such as public finances, commerce, professions, infrastructure, public health and poor relief, public morality, public security and so on. Thought an analysis of a large body of ordinances Toomas Kotkas claims that in 17th-century Sweden a new, voluntaristic understanding of law emerged. Royal police ordinances were no longer perceived merely as a means of enforcing older medieval law but instead as an instrument of directing society towards aspired to goals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004258945
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/04/2013
Series: The Northern World , #64
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Toomas Kotkas, LL.D. (2004), is Professor of Jurisprudence and Social Law at the University of Eastern Finland. His work comprises monographs and articles on a variety of topics in the fields of legal history, legal philosophy and social law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ... xi
Abbreviations ... xiii

I Introduction ... 1
Research on Early Modern Police ... 1
Aims and Objectives of the Study ... 8
Research Material and Method ... 12

II Legislative Theory and Police in Early Modern Sweden ... 21
Development in Germany and France ... 21
Sweden and European Examples ... 26
Konungastyrelsen ... 26
Peder Mansson’s Barnabok ... 29
Johan Skytte’s Een kort Vnderwijsning ... 31

III Royal Police Ordinances between 1523 and 1611: Enforcement of Medieval Law ... 35
Swedish Society during the Sixteenth Century ... 35
Fields of Regulation ... 40
Societal and Social Order, Religion ... 40
Public Safety and Order ... 48
Poor Relief, Public Health, Education and Schooling, Culture ... 55
Economic System and Professions ... 59
Land Division, Public Construction, Real Estate, and Public Institutions ... 68
Justification of Ordinances ... 71
Political Arguments: ‘Benefit of the Realm and its Inhabitants’ and ‘Good Order’ ... 71
Religious Arguments: ‘The Wrath of God’ ... 75
Logic of Ordinances ... 79
Impetus for Issuing Ordinances ... 79
Addressees ... 82
Recurrence of Ordinances ... 84
Police Ordinances and Medieval Law ... 86
Summary ... 91

IV Royal Police Ordinances between 1612 and 1718: Making of New Law ... 95
Swedish Society during the Seventeenth Century ... 95
Fields of Regulation ... 99
Societal and Social Order, Religion ... 100
Public Safety and Order ... 114
Poor Relief, Public Health, Education and Schooling, Culture ... 124
Economic System and Professions ... 131
Land Division, Public Construction, Real Estate, and Public Institutions ... 150
Justification of Ordinances ... 155
Political Arguments: ‘Benefit of the Realm and its Inhabitants’ and ‘Good Order’ ... 155
Religious Arguments: ‘God’s Blessing’ ... 161
Legal Arguments: Other Legal Sources and Foreign Law ... 164
Economic Arguments: ‘Flux of Commerce’ ... 167
Logic of Ordinances ... 174
Impetus for Issuing Ordinances and Addressees ... 174
Police Ordinances and Medieval Law ... 176
New Rhetoric: ‘Intentions’ and ‘Effects’ ... 181
Summary ... 184

V Scientification of Police: The End of the Broad Conception of Police ... 189
Police Science in Germany ... 189
Antecedents of Police Science in Sweden ... 191
Laurentius Petri’s OEconomia Christiana ... 192
Per Brahe’s Oeconomia ... 194
Schering Rosenhane’s Oeconomia ... 196
Anders Bachmanson’s Arcana Oeconomiæ et Commercii ... 197
Swedish Eighteenth-Century Treatises on Police Science ... 199
Nicolas Delamare’s Traité de la Police as a source of inspiration ... 199
Christian Konig’s Lagfarenheten i Politie-mål ... 201
Anders Berch’s Inledning till Almänna Hushålningen ... 204
Summary ... 206

VI Conclusions ... 209

Sources and Literature ... 221
Index of Names and Subjects ... 231

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