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Charles XI and Swedish Absolutism, 1660-1697 : CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN EARLY MODERN HISTORY - A.F. Upton

Charles XI and Swedish Absolutism, 1660-1697

CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN EARLY MODERN HISTORY

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The reading public outside Sweden knows little of that country's history, beyond the dramatic and short-lived 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 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 absolutist direction of a distinctly unglamorous, but pious and conscientious ruler.

"With this scholarly biography Upton fills a long-standing void in the literature of Swedish history in the early modern period...highly recommended for university and larger public libraries." Choice "Upton writes clearly and well." Marc Raeff, American Historical Review "Upton's Charles KXI is certainly the most important book on late seventeenth-century Sweden to appear in English to date." Paul Douglas Lockhart, The International History Review "Anthony F. Upton's book builds on a thorough familiarity both with the archival material in Sweden and with the languages necessary for its use...this book, in its detailed account of one of the most extraordinary examples, provides ample evidence that no generalized model does justice to the many alternative routes to state formation." Journal of Modern History

Introduction: the historical background to Sweden-s seventeenth-century crisis
The formative years: regency and war, 1660-1679
The defining of the absolute monarchy
The financial reconstruction
The indelningswerk and the rebuilding of the armed forces
The search for external security, 1679-1686
The consolidation of the absolutist system
Completing the superstructure
The royal government at work
The external territories under absolutism
The maturing of Charles XI-s foreign policies
The last years of the reign
The absolutism of Charles XI
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521573900
ISBN-10: 0521573904
Series: CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN EARLY MODERN HISTORY
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 28th June 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64