Political upheaval, external influences and domestic traditions : The emergence of the nineteenth-century Ålandic yacht

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Engren , J-E J K & Ilves , K 2021 , ' Political upheaval, external influences and domestic traditions : The emergence of the nineteenth-century Ålandic yacht ' , International journal of maritime history , vol. 33 , no. 4 , pp. 651-667 . https://doi.org/10.1177/08438714211061653

Title: Political upheaval, external influences and domestic traditions : The emergence of the nineteenth-century Ålandic yacht
Author: Engren, Jan-Erik Jarmo Kalevi; Ilves, Kristin
Contributor organization: Department of Cultures
Archaeology
Date: 2021-12-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: International journal of maritime history
ISSN: 0843-8714
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/08438714211061653
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/337571
Abstract: This article examines the emergence of the nineteenth-century Ålandic peasant yacht within the larger political, economic and social context of the central and northern Baltic Sea region. Through an analysis of the region's fluctuating and changing trading environment following the Finnish War of 1808–1809, it is demonstrated that the increasing uncertainty, as well as decreasing profitability, of previously stable trading relations provided the necessary impetus to change the traditional vessel design. Avenues for both foreign and domestic innovations are examined. In addition to exogenous influences, wherein the role of the Ålandic peasant sailors’ involvement in the Swedish navy is accentuated, the effects of the increasing smuggling activities of the archipelago's inhabitants and the competitive sailing environment that emerged during trading journeys are considered as factors that possibly affected shipbuilding. The results highlight the complex networks and processes through which innovations are generated, transmitted and adopted.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
Shipbuilding
Navigation
Trade
Åland Islands
yacht
Peasant shipping
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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