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Authors:Emma Hagström Molin: Stockholm University, Sweden
Publication title:War Booty as Identity Markers in 17th Century Sweden Archives and libraries
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:062
Article No.:031
Abstract:During the many wars of the 17th century, the Swedish army took a large amount of war booty. Along with the well-known pieces of fine art, it was also customary to capture whole archives and libraries. Taking war booty from the enemy was in accordance with international law at the time, for instance as proclaimed by Hugo Grotius in his classic De jure belli ac pacis (1625). Scholars today claim that the Swedes took booty more systematically and on a larger scale than any other European state at that time, especially when it came to archives and libraries. This paper argues that the books and documents that were taken as booty were not just used practically, as literature, by the Swedes. On a symbolic level the goods were used as identity markers, useful in the making of various identities that could be aristocratic, religious, historical or national. This took place at a time when the Swedish elite strived to reach a European cultural standard, and the paper demonstrates how political culture, objects and an elite European identity were thoroughly linked together.

The examples discussed below are all part of my dissertation project, with the working title Archives and Libraries as Swedish War Booty during the 17th Century. Political culture, material culture and identity.

Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:6
Pages:287-292
ISBN:978-91-7519-993-1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/031/ecp11062031.pdf
Available:2011-11-22
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Emma Hagström Molin (2011). War Booty as Identity Markers in 17th Century Sweden Archives and libraries, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=062;article=031 (accessed 7/30/2014)