The Utility of the 'Other': German Representations of Sweden in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century
2013 (English)In: European history quarterly, ISSN 0265-6914, E-ISSN 1461-7110, Vol. 43, no 4, 603-627 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article analyses the representations of Sweden in a renowned and widely read German periodical, the Gottingische Anzeigen von gelehrten Sachen, during the period 1753-92. The investigation demonstrates how a European country could be imagined and put to use in a nearby state, where its mental and physical closeness gave it the ambiguous status of a proximate other'. Although Anzeigen identified with the northern kingdom in many respects, Sweden's nature and climate, indigenous Lapp population and remaining German provinces constituted a basis for representations of it as other' rather than same'. Nonetheless, Sweden and its literati were usually put in a positive light due to the existence of extensive Hanoverian-Swedish networks, an ideological identification with Sweden's estate society and a willingness to embrace useful Swedish models. Anzeigen's favourable renderings of these models amounted to a patriotic-cosmopolitan economy', through which particularistic experiences could be turned into universal phenomena and transferred to foreign settings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 43, no 4, 603-627 p.
Enlightenment, Germany, public sphere, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210585DOI: 10.1177/0265691413498194ISI: 000324414500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210585DiVA: diva2:663510