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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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The coherence of the inconsistent self: some reflections on mentality, identity and historiography

The coherence of the inconsistent self: some reflections on mentality, identity and historiography

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(p.57) Chapter 2 The coherence of the inconsistent self: some reflections on mentality, identity and historiography
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DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235835.003.0003

This chapter examines a number of hypotheses about mentality and other forms of human thought. Several scholars, including Robert Darnton, Carlo Ginzburg, and Orvar Löfgren, have argued that mentality is a vague concept. Even its most prominent advocates such as Jacques Le Goff have pointed out that a connection does not necessarily exist between consensus and mentality. The chapter analyses the artisan journeymen's uprising in Stockholm in the spring of 1789 and explores the link between thoughts on different levels of articulation, focusing on Johan Hjerpe's inner struggles. It explains his support for Gustavus III's war efforts against Russia and his hostile attitude towards the nobility, arguing that his attitudes on these issues constituted a lower level of articulation or consciousness. The chapter concludes by offering some reflections on identity and historiography.

Keywords:   Johan Hjerpe, mentality, human thought, consensus, Gustavus III, articulation, consciousness, identity, historiography, uprising

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