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Med Satan i ryggen i Guds armé: Brott mot Gud inom den svenska armén 1704-1723
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on Swedish soldiers and their crimes against God within the Swedish army. In the late seventeenth century, the Swedish army reformed. Earlier wars had proven the old military system of enrolment and jurisdiction ineffective, stressing the fact that new articles of war were needed. In the new statutory framework no less than the first 22 articles determine the conditions of religion and its practice, proclaiming apostasy and heresy as the worst crimes within the army. Nonetheless, research has shown an over-representation of soldiers, or former soldiers committing these types of crimes, addressing the origin of these crimes to the military profession and the military environment. However, the knowledge about this is limited, and how the military adjudication dealt with these matters is highly neglected. By using the theoretical concepts of place and space (in Swedish plats and rum) alongside a theoretical culture perspective, this study aims to examine the contents of military legislation and how the military adjudicated these crimes, and will show that crimes, such as making a deal with the Devil, was a part of the military culture.

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2016. , 95 p.
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military jurisprudence, articles of war, the Devil, Swedish army, heresy, cultural history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134862OAI: diva2:1039262
Available from: 2016-10-24 Created: 2016-10-22 Last updated: 2016-10-24Bibliographically approved

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