Back to Modern Reason: Johan Hjerpe and Other Petit by Arne Jarrick

By Arne Jarrick

It is a revised and translated variation of Mot det Moderna Fornuftet, released in Sweden in 1992. it's a paintings on social and cultural historical past, and offers at one more point with the development of notion methods and concepts within the late-18th century (or mentality history).

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The worst dregs of the journeymen and shop assistants’ were gathered together. There they were got drunk and ‘urged to make themselves ready’. 72 Von Ehrenheim used similar terms in his version of what was being planned. 73 There is no room here for childish fantasies a' la Hamilton about a king who ventured out on nocturnal adventures through the streets of Stockholm. Liljensparre’s indirect, and the police force’s direct involvement, particularly on the night of Sunday 26 April, recur in several descriptions of events.

84 Even if the journeymen were enticed with alcohol and a little bit of money to participate, they were not, however, simply bought. In£uenced, yes, not just by gold as the princess believed, but as a consequence of their hatred of the nobility and because the riot gave them the opportunity to vent the aggressive energy that had been building up. If the initiative behind the action did not come from the journeymen themselves, its powerful instiga- 34 b ac k t o m o d e r n r e a s o n tors nevertheless succeeded in liberating a latent impulse on their part, which was at once royalistic and anarchistic.

106 The motley horde of a thousand or even several thousand working people was not alone on Riddarhustorget. 112 For what use was it when that nobleman, ‘at risk of life and limb [. ] was to cross over the Square of the House of the Nobility . . full of rabble with their pockets full of stones’ (‘oviss om ljf eller do«d [. ] skulle passera o«fver Riddarehus Torget . . 113 By midday, those involved had taken their places: all the estates had gathered in their assemblies at the various places and the crowd in Riddarhustorget was in full cry with its hooting and howling.

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