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Arne Jarrick

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780853235835
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846312632
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This is a revised and translated edition of Mot det Moderna Fornuftet, which was published in Sweden in 1992. It is a work on social and cultural history that deals with the construction of thought processes and ideas in the late eighteenth century (or ‘mentality history’). Utilising the diaries of John Hjerpe, a shopkeeper member of the lower-middle-class in Stockholm in the 1780s, the book explores a range of issues in modern cultural history. It focuses on the specific world of Hjerpe in terms of trade, social conditions, and contemporary social life in Stockholm, and then proceeds to discuss theoretical and methodological issues relating to how thought processes in the past were formed and articulated. The development of book production and marketing in Stockholm is analysed, and there is also discussion of the diary evidence of Hjerpe pertinent to issues such as Europe, religious tolerance, secularisation, and perceptions of the future.

Keywords: social history; cultural history; John Hjerpe; Stockholm; trade; social conditions; social life; book production; religious tolerance; secularisation

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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