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Magistratens mäktiga män: En studie om borgmästarnas statusmanifestation i Kalmar 1720-1830
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The local lords : A study of the manifestation of status among the chief magistrate of Kalmar 1720-1830 (English)
Abstract [en]

There is much to learn concerning the local nobilities in Sweden. This paper attempts to answer whether or not the mayors of Kalmar are to be acknowledged as members of the local elite during the 18th century. In order to receive a deeper understanding regarding this matter, one must also investigate what significations are located within the elite terminology. All this and more will be answered with support from the latest research by Gudrun Andersson among others. By studying inventories of estate and biographical archive materials one is acquainted with fourteen early modern men who carried out their political and social careers in the city of Kalmar. Because the term elite is dependent on the different circumstances in its surrounding environment, it has been divided into four categories in this paper; political, economic, social and cultural factors. The conclusion is made that the mayors all belonged within the political elite. All of them also show some characteristics which are consistent with an economic elite, however the situation is complex and is therefore more firmly discussed in this paper. Concerning social and cultural elites, the mayors fulfill much of the requirements and the conclusion is therefore made that they most certainly are a part of the local elite in Kalmar city.

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2016. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Kalmar, Magistrate, Elite, 18th century
Keyword [sv]
Kalmar, Borgmästare, Elit, 1700-tal
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52088OAI: diva2:919761
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2016-04-19 Created: 2016-04-14 Last updated: 2016-04-19Bibliographically approved

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