Enemy Within: Homicide and Control in Eastern Finland in the Final Years of Swedish Rule 1748-1808 by A. Koskivirta
English | Jan. 1, 2003 | ISBN: 9517464746 | 217 Pages | PDF | 5 MB
"This work explores the quantitative and qualitative development of homicide in eastern Finland in the second half of the eighteenth century and the early years of the nineteenth. The area studied comprised northern Savo and northern Karelia in eastern Finland. At that time, these were completely agricultural regions on the periphery of the kingdom of Sweden. Indeed the majority of the population still got their living from burn-beating agriculture. The analysis of homicide there reveals characteristics that were exceptional by Western European standards: the large proportion of premeditated homicides (murders) and those within the family is more reminiscent of modern cities in the West than of a pre-modern rural society.