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Domestic SecretsWomen and Property in Sweden, 1600-1857$
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Maria Agren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833209

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898451_agren

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Bankruptcy & the Emergence of a New Public Sphere

Bankruptcy & the Emergence of a New Public Sphere

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(p.140) ((5)) Bankruptcy & the Emergence of a New Public Sphere
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Domestic Secrets
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Maria Ågren

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898451_agren.8

This chapter describes how the importance of public opinion for political life is commonly accepted for the nineteenth century. A recent study has shown that public opinion was a vital factor in Swedish political life as early as the 1760s, but even before this decade, public opinion had acquired a crucial role in the economic and legal spheres. People who were dissatisfied with the outcome of litigation turned to the public as a sort of appeals court, asking it to listen to their version and to find in their favor. Although the zeal to publish one's legal documents reached a peak in the 1770s, legal documents were published and spread as early as in the 1740s. With their combined focus on private matters and legal principles, the publications created a new form of public discourse.

Keywords:   public opinion, political life, legal spheres, litigation, appeals court, public discourse

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