Livsmedelsprotesterna i Malmö 1799

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This is at study of a food riot that took place in the southern Swedish city of Malmö in 1799. It demonstrates that E P Thompon’s influential concept of a “moral economy” still is a quite productive analytical tool. Focusing on the relation between the crowd and the authorities, the essay demonstrates that a moral economy was partly shared by the two groups, but clashed with the new ideology of free trade in grains. Authorities combined a strategy of negotiations and concessions with brutal repression.


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  • History


  • food riot, moral economy, Malmö
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)8-12
JournalArbetarhistoria: meddelande från arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek
Issue number1-2 (149-150)
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch