Conclusion: Resisting, Cooperating, and Fighting

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


The three-fold division of this book—how these peasant elites and the peasantry in general confronted the authorities, how they dealt with them, and how they acted within their own local communities and networks—has aimed to place their aggressive and violent behaviour in the framework of Nordic state formation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The focus has thus been on their relationship with the state and its representatives. This structure contained per se a conflict of interests between states that wanted to intervene and control local communities and the leading peasants in these communities who wanted to guard their favourable positions. At the same time, there were possibilities for cooperation and mutually benefiting from the arrangements.


Seventeenth Century Sixteenth Century Political Culture Peasant Community Military Conscription 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Department of Religion, Philosophy and HistoryUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway
  3. 3.Department of HistoryStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Department of Geographical and Historical StudiesUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland
  5. 5.School of Social Sciences and Humanities/HistoryUniversity of TampereTampereFinland
  6. 6.Department of Archaeology, Conservation and HistoryUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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