Aggressive and Violent Peasant Elites in the Nordic Countries, C. 1500-1700

  • Ulla Koskinen

Part of the World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence book series (WHCCV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Confronting the Authorities with Violence

  3. Aggressive Transactions with the Authorities

  4. Conflicts within the Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Ulla Koskinen, Knut Dørum, Mats Hallenberg, Johan Holm, Kimmo Katajala, Tiina Miettinen et al.
      Pages 261-272
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-312

About this book


This book investigates the forms that the aggression and violence of peasant elites could take in early modern Fennoscandia, and their role within society. The contributors highlight the social stratification, inner divisions, contradictions and conflicts of the peasant communities, but also pay attention to the elite as leaders of resistance against the authorities. With the formation of more centralised states, the elites’ status and room for agency diminished, but regional and temporal variations were great in this relatively drawn-out process, and there still remained several favourable contexts for their agency. Even though the peasant elite was not a homogenous entity, the chapters in this collection present us one uniting feature – the peasant elites’ tendency to assert themselves with an active and aggressive agency, even if this led to very different outcomes.


Fennoscandia Class Scandanavia Crime Early modern

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulla Koskinen
    • 1
  1. 1.The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40687-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40688-6
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