Erikashistoryofsweden

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Sinopsis

A weekly podcast (and blog) giving an overwiew on Swedish history from the viking ages.

Episodios

  • Episode 34: Science

    Episode 34: Science

    27/07/2015 Duración: 14min

    The 18th century is generally associated with enlightenment, philospphy and science. In science Sweden followed the trend with internationally famed scientists as Linné, Celcius and Wargentin.

  • Episode 33: Economic development in the 18th century

    Episode 33: Economic development in the 18th century

    21/07/2015 Duración: 13min

    The 18th century saw new deals in economy. Manufactures grew, albeit not to an extent that we can talk about industrialisation. State-supported reform in agriculture also made productivity rise.

  • War, succession, rebellion 1738-1771

    War, succession, rebellion 1738-1771

    14/07/2015 Duración: 15min

    Dreams about reclaiming the territories lost to Russia in 1721 led to war in 1741. The result was not impressive. Sweden not only lost even more territories but also had to accept an heir to the throne of Russia's chosing.

  • Episode 31: Sweden as (a tiny) colonial power

    Episode 31: Sweden as (a tiny) colonial power

    06/07/2015 Duración: 16min

    Yes - Sweden had colonies. Small and shortlived, but still Sweden did hold land in North America, the West Indies and Africa.

  • Episode 30: A new Sweden

    Episode 30: A new Sweden

    29/06/2015 Duración: 10min

    After the death of Karl XII a war weary Sweden entered into hard peace treaties and reformed government.

  • Episode 29: The home front

    Episode 29: The home front

    22/06/2015 Duración: 13min

    During the "long 17th century", from 1560-1718, Sweden had seen far more years of war than of peace. How could Sweden afford this, and what was the price?

  • Episode 28: Karl XII part II

    Episode 28: Karl XII part II

    15/06/2015 Duración: 18min

    In 1707 Karl attacked Russia, but was hampered by insufficient support and Russian winter. Instead the army turned southeast, to Ukraine, where it was defeated at Poltava in 1709.

  • Episode 27: Karl XII - part I

    Episode 27: Karl XII - part I

    08/06/2015 Duración: 12min

    Karl XII was deemed mature enough to be king only 15 years old. Sweden's enemies thought that a young king sounded like a great opportunity, so from 1700 Sweden was at war with Denmark, Poland and Russia.

  • Episode 26: Ruling a larger Sweden

    Episode 26: Ruling a larger Sweden

    01/06/2015 Duración: 12min

    Sweden had grown since 1560. New territories had to be governed, sometimes incorporated in a way that the population was supposed to become "Swedish".

  • Episode 25: Karl XI - war and absolutism

    Episode 25: Karl XI - war and absolutism

    25/05/2015 Duración: 17min

    Karl XI focused on peace - not altogether successfully - and on strenthening his own power at the cost of the nobility. By the end of his reign Sweden was an absolute monarchy.

  • Episode 24: Karl X Gustav - six years of war

    Episode 24: Karl X Gustav - six years of war

    18/05/2015 Duración: 16min

    Karl Gustav was a voluminous guy who was good at war. So good that he made Sweden larger than ever before or after in 1658-1660.

  • Episode 23: Queen Kristina

    Episode 23: Queen Kristina

    11/05/2015 Duración: 17min

    Kristina was the only heir to Gustav Adolf. She was 6 years old when he died, and - alas - a girl. Nonetheless she showed political competence as a ruler, until she got fed up, abdicated, moved to Rome and converted to catholicism.

  • Episode 22: Administration and internal politics

    Episode 22: Administration and internal politics

    04/05/2015 Duración: 16min

    In charge of the Swedish government after the death of Gustav Adolf was Axel Oxenstierna, probably the most talented statesman Sweden ever had.

  • Episode 21: Gustav II Adolf

    Episode 21: Gustav II Adolf

    27/04/2015 Duración: 18min

    Gustav Adolf - or Gustavus Adolphus - is one of few Swedish kings known to foreigners. That is due to his military activities during the Thirty years war.

  • Episode 20: Duke Karl a.k.a. Karl IX

    Episode 20: Duke Karl a.k.a. Karl IX

    20/04/2015 Duración: 18min

    Duke Karl, youngest son of Gustav Vasa, eventually became king. An efficient, ruthless, suspicious and verbally clever man. Not a nice guy, but an interesting character!

  • Episode 19 : Johan III and Sigismund

    Episode 19 : Johan III and Sigismund

    13/04/2015 Duración: 16min

    Johan III is mostly known for his attempts to reconcile protestant and catholicn views - or, as both his brother Karl and later historians would put it - for his attempts to again make Sweden catholic. The fear for this grew when his son Sigismund, already king of Poland, inherited the throne.

  • Episode 18: King Erik XIV

    Episode 18: King Erik XIV

    07/04/2015 Duración: 24min

    Gustav Vasa's eldest son Erik inherited (a new thing) the kingdom in 1560. In spite of an ambitious foregin policy that later kings adopted, he can not be seen as a successfull king. In 1567 he went mad, was deposed and held imprisoned until he was poisoned by his brother in 1577.

  • Episode 17: Founding father or tyrant?

    Episode 17: Founding father or tyrant?

    30/03/2015 Duración: 17min

    Gustav Vasa gets a third episode where we see his family, his foreign policy and sort of sum him up.

  • Episode 16: Reforms and rebellions

    Episode 16: Reforms and rebellions

    23/03/2015 Duración: 21min

    King Gustav managed to centralise administration and power rather quickly. The many changes in society led to a number of small and large rebellions.

  • Episode 15: Gustav Eriksson Vasa becomes king and reforms the church

    Episode 15: Gustav Eriksson Vasa becomes king and reforms the church

    16/03/2015 Duración: 19min

    The rebellion against Christian II was led by Gustav Eriksson Vasa. To win he had to lend money from Lübeck - and to pay the debt he then had to raise money within Sweden. Thus began the reformation of the Swedish church.

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