A History of the Press in Sweden

The twentieth publication in the series Sylwan, can be considered to be the final building block in that intellectual edifice. It describes the history of the Swedish press that earlier was presented in four volumes plus an index (2000-2003), as well as in all the nineteen previous publication in the Sylwan series. Per Rydén and Karl Erik Gustafsson, who led the project, previously with the assistance often scholarly colleagues, Lars-Åke Engblom, Claes-Göran Holmberg, Eric Johannesson, Sverker Jonsson, Gunilla Lundström, Dag Nordmark, Ingemar Oscarsson, Birgit Petersson, Elisabeth Sandlund and Jarl Torbacke, have here taken on the responsibility of pro¬ducing a summary version based on the earlier work.

The development of the sector, as well as new research results, during the inter¬vening years has been included. The perspective has been somewhat altered in that the Swedish press, to a larger degree than before, has been placed in an international context. The Swedish press, during the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries continually reflected what was happening in the outside world and in its choice of format was influenced by developments in England, France, Germany, the US and the other Nordic countries. At the same time, it is apparent that the Swedish press, with its early freedom of the press legislation at its back, displayed an attitude towards the government authorities, as well as a balance between large and small publications, national capital and provincial press, and newspapers and magazines, constitutes a press history that is of interest even from an international perspective.



1. An Initial Monopoly (1645–1732)

2. A Whiff of Freedom (1732–72)

3. An Enlightened Autocracy (1772–1809)

4. From Romanticism to Realism (1809–30)

5. The Triumphant Liberal Wave (1830–58)

6. New Ideas (1858–80)

7. Newspapers as Industry and Party Instrument (1880–97)

8. The Paper Dragon’s Opportunities (1897–1912)

9. The Newspapers’ War (1912–19)

10. The Golden Age (1919–36)

11. Before, During and After the War (1936–50)

12. Structural Change in the 1950s

13. The Glory Years of the Popular Press (1950–70)

14. The Era of Structural Preservation (1960–75)

15. New Papers in a Time of Crisis (1975–80)

16. The Giddy Decade (1980s)

17. Turning Points (after 1990)

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