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Domestic Secrets: Women and Property in Sweden, 1600-1857

Maria Agren


Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, women's role in the Swedish economy was renegotiated and reconceptualized. This book chronicles changes in married women's property rights, revealing the story of Swedish women's property as not just a simple narrative of the erosion of legal rights, but a more complex tale of unintended consequences. A public sphere of influence—including the wife's family and the local community—held sway over spousal property rights throughout most of the seventeenth century, the book argues. Around 1700, a campaign to codify spousal property rights as an ar ... More

Keywords: Swedish economy, property rights, Swedish women, legal rights, arcanum domesticum, domestic secret, legal decision making, mass politicization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833209
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807898451_agren


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Agren, author