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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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Burghers, common folk and books

Burghers, common folk and books

(p.88) Chapter 3 Burghers, common folk and books
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This chapter examines the change in people's relationship to the printed word, especially during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and places the printed word at the centre of interest not only as material but also as ideal evidence of popular culture and mentality. It first considers the connection between reading and thought as well as the development of literacy, before turning to book production, the book trade, and book ownership by artisans and tradesmen. The chapter also describes two sources that offer insights into people's collected ownership of books – printed auction catalogues and estate inventories – and explores the popularisation and secularisation of lettered culture in eighteenth-century Sweden, concluding with a discussion of Enlightenment and acculturation.

Keywords:   Sweden, printed word, literacy, Enlightenment, acculturation, reading, thought, book production, book trade, estate inventories

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