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Sverige 1628 : bilder och texter kring ett årtal

by Christine Östling

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This is a collection of essays discussing the everyday history of early 17thC Sweden, most starting from a document or an image from 1628, the year that Gustavus Adolphus' proud warship Vasa sank in the harbour of Stockholm.

One or two essays are by-the-numbers (e.g. the opening essay about the changeover from geocentrism to heliocentrism) or feel padded (the one about whether runes were still in use by the 17thC, as evidenced by an officer encoding portions of a letter with them), but most are quite interesting, and a few were standouts. One of the latter was the contribution discussing the average Swede's religious formation, which is based on a priest's notebook from when he systematically issued the same catechesis questionnaire to an entire village to make sure everyone believed the right things. Another memorable essay dealt with Sweden's copper mines, how the nation's economic plan depended on them, and how copper money was issued a few years during the 1620s to deal with the surplus after the global market collapsed. Super interesting!

At 121 pages, this was precisely the right length. Informative, but not too dense, and the contributors -- usually -- chose excellent points of departure. ( )
1 vote Petroglyph | Jan 14, 2019 |
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