Shipping and Privileges in Scandinavia

By Olof Hasslof, published August 1967



This article uses an attempt by the Swedish Government to impose licences on the coastal trade in the interwar years to explore the history of the coastal trade around Scandinavia. It examines the privileges from a 1421 order intending to enforce feudal agrarian privileges, through the development of the town economic system, to the large companies. It then explores how that balance affects both the recorded history and the actual balance between authorities’ and coastal folks’ interests. Illustrating this with the work practices of the small coastal traders or sea pedlars particularly from the early Twentieth century.

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Filed under: Baltic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous

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