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Det livländska projektet: Etablerandet av den svenska stormakten i Baltikum 1621-1640
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This Master’s thesis explores the state formation in Livonia following the Swedish conquest in 1621 A.D, to the year of 1640. The research is based on the written protocols of the contemporary privy council; Riksrådet. This material has not been utilised for analysis in regards to this context prior to this thesis. The process of explaining the strategies and motives behind the establishment of the Swedish state after the initial annexation, is done by thoroughly relating the results of the empirical research to the theory of state formation as formulated by Charles Tilly in his book Coercion, Capital, and European States, AD 990- 1992.The results indicate that the Swedish state was in dire need of capital due to the high material demands of the war against the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania. This is mirrored in the political actions by the new sovereign state. The uses of capital- intensive strategies such as the establishment of trade- and toll control were thus the most prominent. This thesis also demonstrates that many of the strategies practiced by the state were related to the homogenisation of the population. The effectiveness of these means to acquire funds and resources was based on the relative coercive force of the Swedish state. In this instance, the war against Poland resulted in an unusually strong military presence in the Baltic region. In turn, this allowed the Swedish state an opportunity to exercise its preferred policies.

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2014. , 59 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94797OAI: diva2:786518
Available from: 2015-02-26 Created: 2014-10-17 Last updated: 2015-02-26Bibliographically approved

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