Rika och fattiga: Klassrelationer och historisk ekonomisk ojämlikhet i Stockholm på 1600–1700-talen

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title = "Rika och fattiga: Klassrelationer och historisk ekonomisk oj{\"a}mlikhet i Stockholm p{\aa} 1600–1700-talen",
abstract = "English summary”Class Relations and Historical Economic Inequality: Stockholm in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries”.Erik BengtssonArbetarhistoria, 2020This article describes and discusses economic inequality in seventeenth and eighteenth century Stockholm. I describe the distribution of wealth, using probate inventories from 1650, 1700 and 1715, and wealth tax data from 1715. The distribution was very unequal: the ten percent wealthiest in the population held around 90 per cent of total wealth. I discuss why inequality was so high, focusing on the class structure of the city with a large working class, with quite poor living standards, and small elites of merchants and noblemen, and on the repressive character of the state. I argue that the high inequality was to a large degree shaped by class power, exercised through the state apparatus. I argue that the class perspective is important for the study of historical economic inequality.",
author = "Erik Bengtsson",
year = "2020",
month = jun,
language = "svenska",
volume = "173-174",
pages = "78--83",
journal = "Arbetarhistoria: meddelande fr{\aa}n arbetarr{\"o}relsens arkiv och bibliotek",
issn = "0281-7446",
publisher = "Arbetarr{\"o}relsens arkiv och bibliotek",