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Pride and Prejudice: Luise Ulrike of Sweden, the Pomeranian War and the Question of Loyalty
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2016 (English)In: Frictions and Failures - Cultural Encounters in Crisis / [ed] Almut Bues, Warsaw: German Historical Institute Warsaw , 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 1757, in the midst of the Seven Year’s War, Sweden declared war on Prussia. Queen Luise Ulrike of Sweden (1720-1782) faced a personal dilemma. Born and raised in Berlin, the queen remained deeply attached to her family and to the prestige of the Hohenzollern dynasty. Waging war on her fatherland – and above all on her brother Frederick the Great – was one of her greatest challenges. Yet as queen consort of Sweden her duty required her to be loyal to her country of adoption. Facing a quandary regarding her “double dynastic affiliation”, Luise Ulrike rapidly chose her side in this conflict. The queen secretly passed on sensitive information to her brother and privately hoped for Sweden’s defeat in the war. Interestingly, her motivations were both personal and political. How did a princess or a queen consort become assimilated to her new kingdom? How did she resolve the paradox of belonging to her old dynasty and her new one?

This chapter focuses on the meaning of loyalty, identity, and the concepts of belongingness/foreignness in a queen consort through the example of Queen Luise Ulrike of Sweden (1720-1782). Through the particular example of the Pomeranian War, I examine Luise Ulrike’s actions and decisions not only through the prism of her multiple identities (queen of Sweden/princess of Prussia) but also through her political ideals and agency.

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Warsaw: German Historical Institute Warsaw , 2016.
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Queen consort, queenship, Lovisa Ulrika, Pomerania, Eighteenth century, Adolf Frederick, Frederick the Great, Sweden, Riksdag
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-123187OAI: diva2:943616
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-28

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