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From Gammelbo Bruk to Calabar: Swedish Iron in an Expanding Atlantic Economy

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Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA, volume 37)

Abstract

The Swedish iron industry, from the Middle Ages to the present day, has been the most studied and analysed sector of the Swedish economy. As part of this research, local historians, business historians and technicians have raised questions about technological development, patterns of ownership, professional skill, etc. The tradition reached its peak during the first post-war decades when Eli Heckscher and Karl-Gustaf Hildebrand published landmark studies. Consumption and issues concerning the market have been left outside this research tradition. This chapter seeks to remedy this deficiency by discussing the eighteenth-century Swedish iron industry from a global perspective. It traces the paths that Swedish iron took to British and African markets and analyses the ways Swedish iron was used in Atlantic exchanges.

Keywords

Blast Furnace Eighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Slave Trade Iron Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of History, FBSUniversity of GlamorganWalesUK
  2. 2.Institute for Housing and Urban ResearchUppsala UniversityGävleSweden

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