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Almbjär, Martin
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Almbjär, M. (2017). Sweden's Participation in the Seven Years War in the Mirror of the Day Register of Loitz City 1757-1759 [Review]. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 137(1), 151-153
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sweden's Participation in the Seven Years War in the Mirror of the Day Register of Loitz City 1757-1759
2017 (English)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 137, no 1, p. 151-153Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SVENSKA HISTORISKA FORENINGEN, 2017
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140934 (URN)000411916900017 ()
Available from: 2017-10-20 Created: 2017-10-20 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Almbjär, M. (2016). The voice of the people?: Supplications submitted to the Swedish Diet in the Age of Liberty, 1719–1772. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The voice of the people?: Supplications submitted to the Swedish Diet in the Age of Liberty, 1719–1772
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Folkets röst? : Suppliker inlämnade till frihetstidens riksdag 1719–1772
Abstract [en]

This dissertation is devoted to the study of who used the formal channels of interaction in the early modern era and why. It examines the full range of the political conversation in early modern Sweden, as seen in the supplications to the Diet in the Age of Liberty (1719–1772), and more specifically the supplications submitted to the parliamentary committee tasked with handling them, the Screening Deputation. The literature yields few systematic studies of this official channel, and supplications have long been terra incognita in the early modern political landscape. Their exact importance is uncertain, to say the least.

Using a database built on three samples from the beginning, middle, and end of the Age of Liberty, the Diet's supplication channel is shown to have been used by two groups: supplicants from state-affiliated households primarily tried to use it to pursue their claims on the state, to settle various issues related to employment, or to receive some sort of support through hard times; and, increasingly, commoners, especially delegates in the Estate of the Burghers, used the channel for their gravamina concerning commerce, taxation, and the like, and state support for public amenities, a group for whom the Screening Deputation offered an alternative route to getting their grievances heard by the Diet. Both groups increasingly used the Diet's supplication channel was appeal the verdicts of the King in Council (Kungl. Maj:t). Although most were not appeals against the Judicial Audit, the results reveal an active use of appeals, and thus a de facto erosion of Kungl. Maj:t's supremacy. The results also show that as many as three-fifths of all supplicants had their supplications accepted by the Screening Deputation for further examination by the Diet. Although the acceptance rate was definitely lower in the 1730s and 1740s, the committee seems to have been fairly benevolent in its interpretation of the rules on petitioning.

The results, lastly, show that although the Diet's supplication channel allowed excluded groups direct access to the Diet - including women of all classes, commoners of rank, and unrepresented groups - it mainly catered to men with the social status or wealth that put them in the middle and upper strata of society. Although this supplication channel stood open to anyone, its egalitarian potential was seemingly never realized. The use of March and Olsen's institutional theory about the logic of appropriateness, has revealed that certain institutional templates and norms that would have enabled these groups more access to the channel succumbed and made room for other institutional foundations.

Supplications were part of the medieval and early modern centralization of legal and political power, the formation of the state, the protection of the privileges of Swedish subjects, and, during the Age of Liberty, the power struggle between the Diet and the kings. Each supplication viewed by itself might seem trivial, but nonetheless played a part in each and every one of these major processes. An ordinary Swede could have an impact on early modern politics when acting in concert with other supplicants, like rain eating away at rock.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Umeå University, 2016. p. 303
Series
Historiska studier: skrifter från Umeå Universitet ; 13
Keywords
Age of Liberty, audit, Diet of Estates, early modern state formation, eighteenth century, institutions, national debt, parliamentary committees, petitions, political participation, public office, supplications, taxes, trade privileges, Supreme Court, welfare
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124423 (URN)978-91-7601-520-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-09-02, Hörsal E, Humanisthuset, Umeå, 15:23 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-08-15 Created: 2016-08-10 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Almbjär, M. (2013). Brandenburg-Prussia, 1466-1806: Karin Friedrich [Review]. Scandia, 79(2), 171-172
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Brandenburg-Prussia, 1466-1806: Karin Friedrich
2013 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 79, no 2, p. 171-172Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scandia, Historiska institutionen, Lunds universitet, 2013
National Category
History Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85583 (URN)000327918900030 ()
Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-02-06 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Almbjär, M. (2013). Tidigmodern statsformering. Scandia, 79(2), 145-146
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tidigmodern statsformering
2013 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 79, no 2, p. 145-146Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scandia, Historiska institutionen, Lunds universitet, 2013
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85580 (URN)000327918900014 ()
Note

Same time, modem state propagation

Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-02-06 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Almbjär, M. (2013). War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783: John Brewer [Review]. Scandia, 79(2), 150-151
Open this publication in new window or tab >>War, Money and the English State, 1688-1783: John Brewer
2013 (Swedish)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 79, no 2, p. 150-151Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scandia, Historiska institutionen, Lunds universitet, 2013
National Category
History Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85582 (URN)000327918900018 ()
Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-02-06 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Liliequist, J. & Almbjär, M. (2012). Early modern court records and petitions in Sweden (c.1400-1809): overview and research trends. Frühneuzeit-Info, 23(1+2), 7-23
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Early modern court records and petitions in Sweden (c.1400-1809): overview and research trends
2012 (English)In: Frühneuzeit-Info, ISSN 0940-4007, Vol. 23, no 1+2, p. 7-23Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institut für die Erforschung der Frühen Neuzeit, 2012
National Category
History
Research subject
History; legal history
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67549 (URN)
Available from: 2013-04-10 Created: 2013-03-23 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Almbjär, M. (2012). Makt och människor. Europeisk statsbildning från medeltiden till franska revolutionen: Harald Gustafsson [Review]. Scandia, 78(2), 140-141
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Makt och människor. Europeisk statsbildning från medeltiden till franska revolutionen: Harald Gustafsson
2012 (English)In: Scandia, ISSN 0036-5483, Vol. 78, no 2, p. 140-141Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scandia, Historiska institutionen, Lunds universitet, 2012
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-63049 (URN)000311813800011 ()
Note

Power and humans. European statehood from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution

Available from: 2012-12-27 Created: 2012-12-27 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Almbjär, M. (2010). Mauritz Stålhandskes behov av att klaga. Personhistorisk Tidskrift, 106(1), 59-74
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mauritz Stålhandskes behov av att klaga
2010 (Swedish)In: Personhistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0031-5699, Vol. 106, no 1, p. 59-74Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

en studie av åtta suppliker inlämnade till 1755–56 års Riksdag.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Personhistoriska samfundet, 2010
Keywords
Suppliker, Frihetstiden
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154729 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-28 Created: 2018-12-28 Last updated: 2019-04-02Bibliographically approved
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