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Back to Modern Reason: Johan Hjerpe and Other Petit Bourgeois in Stockholm in the Age of Enlightenment

Arne Jarrick


This is a revised and translated edition of Mot det Moderna Fornuftet, which was published in Sweden in 1992. It is a work on social and cultural history that deals with the construction of thought processes and ideas in the late eighteenth century (or ‘mentality history’). Utilising the diaries of John Hjerpe, a shopkeeper member of the lower-middle-class in Stockholm in the 1780s, the book explores a range of issues in modern cultural history. It focuses on the specific world of Hjerpe in terms of trade, social conditions, and contemporary social life in Stockholm, and then proceeds to discu ... More

Keywords: social history, cultural history, John Hjerpe, Stockholm, trade, social conditions, social life, book production, religious tolerance, secularisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780853235835
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312632


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arne Jarrick, author