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För Gud och kung, släkt och vänner: Folkliga föreställningar om svenskhet under tidigt 1600-tal
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Contexts and Cultural Boundaries (KK).
2013 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 133, no 2, 174-196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates popular perceptions of Swedishness in early 17th century Sweden. The starting point is the well-known fact that ordinary people used concepts such as Swedes and Danes to describe themselves and others. The empirical basis of the survey is popular narratives recorded in protocols from six Swedish county courts bordering the kingdom of Denmark during the period 1600-1658. The overall question is whether these expressions reflected a political or imagined cultural (ethnic) community. The result of the survey shows that, besides being perceived politically and judicially, on an everyday popular level Swedishness was also imagined as a cultural community. The ethnic dimension of this was not religious, and probably not linguistic, but consisted of an imagined community of being native-born and having kin and friends in a common emotionally associated fatherland.

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Stockholm: Svenska Historiska Föreningen , 2013. Vol. 133, no 2, 174-196 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Denmark, 17th century, ethnicity, national identities, imagined communities, peasant society
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History and Archaeology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-21496OAI: diva2:605813
Available from: 2013-02-15 Created: 2013-02-15 Last updated: 2015-02-19Bibliographically approved

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