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Re-mapping Journalism History: Development of the Press in the Swedish Empire and Its Former Colonies Finland, Estonia and Livonia until the Early 20th Century
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2011 (English)In: Medien & Zeit, Vol. 4, 25-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With history writing in general, press history is often linked to the framework of the nationstate. Such nationalist approaches may, however, lead to a fragmented view of history. Weshould remember that many current European nation states have fairly short histories, and,even old kingdoms, such as Sweden, have changed shape several times. During the 17th and18th century, the Swedish Empire included Finland, Estonia, Livonia, Ingria, Pomerania,Wismar and Bremen/Verden, and the previously Danish areas in the south and northwest.Later, Sweden even had small colonies in Africa and the Caribbean. The empire, however,began to disintegrate during the Great Nordic War. During the 18th century Finland, Estoniaand Livonia belonged to the Russian Empire. My purpose is to provide an overview of thedevelopment of the press in the Swedish Empire and the 19th century Finland, Estonia andLivonia, and discuss limitations of national perspectives.

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2011. Vol. 4, 25-35 p.
Keyword [en]
Media history, comparative media history
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96862OAI: diva2:768787

Research sponsored by Ridderstads stiftelse för historisk grafisk forskning.

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