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"Helldre wåre egne undersåtare än främmande städers inbyggare bör till godo komma": Om Frihetstidens ståndsriksdag och det svenska väldets tyska besittningar 1720 - 1756
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"Rather our own subjects than the inhabitants of foreign cities should from this benefit" : About the four Estates Diet during the Age of Liberty in Sweden and the Swedish reign over its German possessions 1720 - 1756 (English)
Abstract [sv]

Mycket har skrivits om svenska historia och om de krig som utkämpades under den så kallade stormaktstiden. Det har dock inte skrivit lika mycket om den tid som följde efter det att stormaktstiden var över och frihetstiden tog sin början, efter det att Det Stora Nordiska kriget tagit slut. Den här uppsatsen syftar till att undersöka hur de tyska besittningarna som Sverige erhöll behandlades i Sveriges fyrståndsriksdag, som bestod av bönder, borgare, präster och adel. Kronan erhöll dessa besittningar officiellt som förläningar inom det Tysk-romerska riket, men då kronan inte längre hade samma makt som den tidigare hade haft, då makten över riket istället utgick från riksdagen, uppstod då frågan om man som hade den beslutsfattande makten över dessa besittningar. Jag har studerat fyrståndsriksdagens protokoll mellan åren 1720 – 1756, och har använt mig av Charles Tilly och Harald Gustafssons teorier kring våld och kapitals samt teorin om konglomeratstaten och kan konstatera att även om den mesta av den beslutsfattande och verkställande makten låg i riksdagen och inom riksdagens deputationer så var kungens auktoritet ändock respekterad och i vissa avseenden den högsta auktoriteten.

Abstract [en]

A lot has been written about Swedish history and the wars fought during the country’s age of begin a Great Power. There has not been as much written about the times that followed the loss of the Great Power status with the end of the Great Northern war. This essay seeks to study how the German possessions that Sweden still held during the Age of liberty were governed and how these provinces were treated in the Swedish four estates Diet, which consisted of the farmers, burgers, priests and the nobility. The Swedish crown officially held these provinces as a fief within the Holy Roman Empire, but since the crown no longer had the same power as it did during the Great Power days, the supreme executive power now lay in the hands of the Diet, which rendered questions about who held the actual highest authority. I have studied the protocols of the four estates Diet between the years of 1720 – 1756, using the theories presented by Charles Tilly and Harald Gustafsson about capital and coercion as well as the conglomerate state theory and have concluded that although most of the decision making lay in the hands of the Diet and in the deputations, the King’s authority was still respected in some regards and there were cases where the royal power reigned the highest.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
Age of liberty, state formation, royal power, swedish diet, conglomerate state, coercion, capital
Keywords [sv]
frihetstiden, statsformering, kungamakt, sveriges riksdag, konglomeratstat, tvång, kapital
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-365788OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-365788DiVA, id: diva2:1262988
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History
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Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2018-12-18Bibliographically approved

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