Private/Public in 18th-Century Scandinavia (inbunden)
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Vogt, Helle (ed.), Kümin, Beat (ed.), Nauman, Sari (ed.)
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Private/Public in 18th-Century Scandinavia

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This open access book looks at how, in the 17th and 18th centuries, a new loanword private came into the Nordic languages. It had very little to do with the way we define the word today. Still, the introduction of it contributed to an emerging discourse that clearly distinguished between the public usually identified with the state and its opposite. Private/Public in 18th-Century Scandinavia includes ten case studies analysed by leading Swedish and Danish researchers in the fields of history, law, archaeology, and theology. It considers whether the modern sense of the word private can be found in material from the period. The questions are approached through a multitude of different sources, including parliamentary-records, letters, newspapers, architectural drawings, archaeological findings, records of probate courts, legislation, and court cases. The volume starts from the assumption that the private and the public neither were, nor are, fully separated, but instead continuously work in relation to each other. To study the private, it argues, we are compelled to pay special attention to the public and how private and public interacted. Privacy and protection of privacy remains of great topical interest and this book contributes to the present-day debate by examining neglected aspects of the history of the private before these concepts gained their modern meaning. In addition to investigating the history of these concepts in Scandinavia, the text offers a general theoretical reflection about what private was and is. The open access edition of this book is available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license on Open access was funded by The Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen.
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The history of privacy and the private has emerged as a major topic of scholarly interest in the past decades. This collection adds important insights from a Scandinavian perspective. Exploring constellations of privacy in political, economic, religious, and quotidian contexts, the contributions to this volume deepen our understanding of the early modern period and especially the eighteenth century as a crucial period in the history of the private and the public. * Daniel Jtte, Associate Professor of History, New York University, USA * A thought-provoking collection of essays that not only provides the reader with a rich variety of access points to the intertwined histories of private and public, but also does so from a Scandinavian perspective. In decentring our historical gaze from western Europe, these essays serve as a strong reminder that concepts as seemingly ubiquitous as private and public, need to be understood in their distinct geographic and cultural context. * Elaine Chalus, Professor of British History, University of Liverpool, UK *

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Sari Nauman is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has published several articles, chapters and books, including the award-winning monograph Ordens kraft (2017). Helle Vogt is Professor of Legal History at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the author of The Function of Kinship in Medieval Nordic Legislation (2010) and the editor of Law and The Christian Tradition in Scandinavia (2020; with Kjell Moder).


List of Figures List of Tables List of Contributors Introduction. The Private in the Public: Scandinavia in the Eighteenth Century, Sari Nauman (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Helle Vogt (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Part 1. Situating the private 1. Only to the benefit of some private persons: The concept of private in records from the Swedish estates assembly, 15211731, Charlotte Christensen-Nugues (Lund University, Sweden) 2. Private as an economic concept: Natural law and economic agency, Pernille Ulla Knudsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Part 2. Communication 3 Talking in private and keeping it private: Protecting conversations from exposure in Swedish Pietism investigations, 17231728, Johannes Ljungberg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 4. Private news: Private letters as a source of news in eighteenth-century Copenhagen newspapers, Jrgen Mhrmann-Lund (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway) 5. Commercial newspaper and public shame pole: Exposure of individuals in the Copenhagen gazette Adresseavisen 175973, Jesper Jakobsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 6. Of chamber pots and scorned houses: Exposing hidden bodies and, private matters in eighteenth-century Copenhagen, Camilla Schjerning (Odense City Museums, Denmark) Part 3. Spaces 7. Spaces for comfort, seclusion and privacy in a Swedish eighteenth-century town, Dag Lindstrm (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Gran Tagesson (National Historical Museums, Sweden) 8. In death, nothing is private!: Public registration of the private home, Pernille Ulla Knudsen, (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 9. Public order and the experiment of implementing privacy in eighteenth-century Copenhagen, Ulrik Langen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 10. Murder at the threshold: Private and public in an early modern peasant rebellion, Sari Nauman (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) Bibliography Index