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Honor thy father and thy mother- ambivalent emotions and conflicts between parent and child generations in early modern Sweden and Finland

The aim of this project is to analyze conflicts and emotional tensions between generations within family and household in early modern Sweden and Finland, based on analyses of trial records from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Early modern Sweden was a Lutheran patriarchal society where the fourth commandment – “honour thy father and thy mother” – was incorporated into secular law and “fatherhood” constituted the main social metaphor for authority. According to this ideology, a father’s rule over his household represented the most elementary and basic order of society. This was however not always a simple matter. While parents had the right (and duty) to chastise their minor children, they still had to pay the elder generation due respect. Thus, the emotional experiences of showing respect and reverence toward one’s parents was not just a question of minor age.

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Title of Project

Honor thy father and thy mother- ambivalent emotions and conflicts between parent and child generations in early modern Sweden and Finland

Project status

Present

Subject areas

History

Head of research

Jonas Liliequist, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies


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