Charles XI and Swedish absolutism

A.F. Upton

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 stabilize 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 1998 book gives an account of what was achieved under the absolutist direction of a distinctly unglamorous, but pious and conscientious ruler.

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  • 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.

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書名 Charles XI and Swedish absolutism
著作者等 Upton, Anthony F.
Upton A.F.
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in early modern history
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1998
ページ数 xxiv, 281 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521573904
NCID BA36830105
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス