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To read in Swedish? The role of minority languages in 18th century education

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Project information

Project status

In progress 2022 - 2024


Christoffer Åhlman

Research subject

Research environments

In 18th century Sweden everyone, women and men, young and old, where expected to be able to read the Bible and possess knowledge in the Catechism. According to many teaching instructions the parishioners should use the Swedish language. At the same time there where several minority languages in Sweden. Where these people forced to use the Swedish tongue as the instructions tells us? Can we question the instructions? This project will study which languages were used in popular education.

Research funding bodies

  • The Swedish Foundation of Helge Ax:son Johnson