By Michael Roberts
The fantastic occupation of Gustav Adolf not at all tested Sweden as an exceptional strength. within the 4 years after his dying any such improvement turned more and more unbelievable. At Westphalia in 1648 the inconceivable grew to become a truth; however the momentum of Swedish imperial growth didn't culminate until eventually 1658, while Charles X imposed peace upon a prostrate Denmark. The middle of this quantity of 4 essays, by way of the doyen of historians of Sweden, lies within the stories of the fellow who bestrode the summit. One, an exam (if Charles X's household rules and constitutional importance; the opposite, a dialogue of the targets of his overseas coverage. either are issues of controversy, and those experiences try to check the controversy. Flanking those essays are a learn of Oxenstierna's exceptional failure in Germany among 1633 and 1636, and an exam of the good controversy surrounding the loss of life of Charles XII.
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68 Bjorling, Johan Baner, 11. 256, 440. 69 Roland N o r d l u n d , 'Krig g e n o m o m b u d . , Det kontinentala krigets ekonomi. Studier i krigsfinansiering under svensk stormaktstid. (Uppsala 1971). 441. 72 Those who invested in donations might be the necessary props of war, but he had a very poor opinion of them in general: The princes and the officers here have no concern for the public interest, beyond mere words; but in truth each seeks his private advantage - how those who have ecclesiastical lands in their territories may grab them; others, how they may get their hands on abbeys, convents, estates, and anything that is going.
106 There is some reason to believe that for Oxenstierna the Prussian alternative was not merely a device to break the deadlock with George William. 107 As to Bernard's share in the business there seems to be no information, nor is it easy to conjecture what his motives may have been if Oxenstierna's assertion was true. But as far as Oxenstierna himself was concerned the idea had undeniably something to commend it. It would bring a better assecuratio by opening the way to George William's inclusion in a more comprehensive League.
Finally, the League appointed Oxenstierna its Director, with effective control not only of all military operations (on which he had a veto) but also of finance. And they did this, as they were careful to point out, not out of respect for the crown of Sweden, but to show their esteem for his Von Gott habende vortreffliche qualitaeten'. 93 It might seem, then, that his success in organising the League of Heilbronn had provided him with the machinery he needed for carrying out his programme. In the event it proved to be nothing of the kind.
From Oxenstierna to Charles XII: Four Studies by Michael Roberts