The second volume of one of the few attempts to depict the many rebellions of the Swedish common people against the authorities.
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The Freedom Struggles of the Swedish Allmog, by Alfred Kämpe, is a rare three-volume work that Vilhelm Moberg valued highly, and one of the few attempts to describe the many rebellions of the Swedish allmog against the authorities.
The second volume of the Swedish commoners' struggle for freedom begins with the renaissance of the lordship. Among other things, you will read about land hunger and the people's despair. Domestic military assaults and peasant opposition. The ravaging of Norrland and the uprising on Vikbolandet. Brandy burning and superi. The Great Dance of the Dales and the refusal to bear arms. Lord hatred and peasant resentment. Budkavlar and bloodshed. Judgements and punishments. The householder and the matron. The bailiff and the servants. Squatters and beggars. The hated nobility and political trials. Servants and wage controls. Famine and house burning.
Preface of the book
In the following part, the second in the order, the plan of the work is completed up to the beginning of the Gustavian era, from which it may be reckoned - with the exception, of course, of certain periods of decline
- the beginning of the rise of the commoners, socially, politically and intellectually, since in order to fight successfully against the nobility, the kings of this era had to demand the support of the peasants in part and were thus forced to grant certain concessions. Therefore, the circumstances and struggles in question will be highlighted in the next section.
As far as the present manuscript is concerned, however, the same principles have been followed in its preparation as were the guiding principles of the preceding, already published, first volume - and therefore what was said in its preface last year applies in all respects.
Stockholm, March 1919.
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