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Resources, Organisational Capabilities And Control Of The Sea

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This chapter surveys the problems, theories and explanations related to state formation, complex organisation, and naval power. One of the most often overlooked examples of an early modern European organisation that was essential to state formation is navies. This book examines the rise of one complex organisation (the Swedish navy) as a new agent of change in early modern Europe and emphasises the importance of control of the sea in early modern state formation. In particular, the book focuses on the growth of naval capabilities as a part of the formation of the dynastic Swedish state and of the rise and fall of the Swedish Baltic empire. It also outlines Swedish geostrategy and historiography.

Keywords: Baltic Sea; complex organisation; early modern Europe; organisational capabilities; protection-selling; state formation; Swedish navy



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