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Back to Modern ReasonJohan Hjerpe and Other Petit Bourgeois in Stockholm in the Age of Enlightenment$
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Arne Jarrick

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235835

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312632

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Introduction: Johan Hjerpe and Enlightenment

Introduction: Johan Hjerpe and Enlightenment

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Born in Stockholm in 1765, Johan Hjerpe left a large collection of literary works, including a voluminous diary, historical writings about Stockholm and world history, a book of poems, and an account of an excursion to southern Sweden. He grew up during the reign of the enlightened despot Gustavus III. Enlightenment, which was associated with the French Revolution by both its Romantic critic and friends of the movement, represented a distinct epoch in the history of Europe, with France as its centre, and culminated somewhere in the mid-eighteenth century. Hjerpe sought out, or at least voluntarily exposed himself to, the literature of Enlightenment. There has been a debate on whether Sweden had an Enlightenment at all. Tore Frängsmyr, a Swedish science historian, offered a definition of Enlightenment that is narrow and problematic.

Keywords:   Johan Hjerpe, Sweden, Enlightenment, France, French Revolution, Europe, Tore Frängsmyr, Stockholm, Gustavus III

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