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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 10/25/2014)