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World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence

Suicide, Law, and Community in Early Modern Sweden

Authors: Miettinen, Riikka

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  • Explores how the indictment, investigation, and classification of suspected suicides was undertaken in early modern Sweden
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  • Analyses how the interpretations of the courts were influenced by the social status and local ties of the deceased
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  • Investigates the phenomenon of suicide in early modern Sweden and the hardships and crises behind it
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This book explores the judicial treatment of suicides in early modern Sweden, with a focus on the criminal investigation and selective treatment of suicides in the lower courts in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Riikka Miettinen shows that reactions and attitudes towards suicides varied considerably despite harsh condemnation by officials. The indictment, investigation, and classification of suspected suicides and the mental state of a person already deceased were challenging, and depended on local co-operation and lay testimonies. Not all suicides were considered alike; a widespread view on the heinousness of suicide was not the same as agreement about specific cases, and did not result in uniform handling of them. The social status and local ties of the deceased influenced the interpretations and responses at the local lower courts and communities. Esteemed local community members had a better defence and greater chance to escape the shameful penalties.

About the authors

Riikka Miettinen is Postdoctoral Researcher in History at the Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences at Tampere University, Finland.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Suicide, Law, and Community in Early Modern Sweden
Authors
Series Title
World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11845-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11845-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11844-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 346
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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