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Photo, Print, Drawing View and Map of the Affair at Ratan, of August 20, 1809. Utsigt af affairen vid Ratan. Karta öfver affairen vid Ratan den 20 augusti 1809

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Title

  • View and Map of the Affair at Ratan, of August 20, 1809.

Other Title

  • Utsigt af affairen vid Ratan. Karta öfver affairen vid Ratan den 20 augusti 1809

Summary

  • This watercolor by the Swedish artist and draftsman Carl Gustaf Gillberg (1774--1855) depicts the fighting at Ratan on August 20, 1809 between the armies of Sweden and Russia. Contemporaneously with the Napoleonic wars, at the beginning of the 19th century Sweden and Russia fought what became known as the Finnish War, which had the effect of radically altering the political topography of the Baltic. Sweden's defeat put an end to its domination in the region. Finland, previously a province of Sweden, became a grand duchy under the rule of the Russian tsar. The loss of Finland fundamentally changed Sweden's self-perception. No longer a regional power, it rediscovered itself not by claiming imperial greatness, but by avoiding military conflicts and transforming its internal social model. In Swedish historiography, the battle at Ratan has served as a symbol for this shift. For Finnish historiography, the battle marks a political realignment that led to a new political self-awareness and set in motion an emergent Finnish nationalism.

Names

  • Gillberg, Carl Gustaf, 1774-1855 Artist.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1809.

Headings

  • -  Russian Federation
  • -  Sweden--Västerbotten County--Ratan
  • -  1809-08-20
  • -  Battles
  • -  Military campaigns
  • -  Military operations, Naval
  • -  Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
  • -  Russo-Swedish War, 1808-1809
  • -  Ships
  • -  Soldiers

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 watercolor ; 50 x 38 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of Sweden.
  • -  Content in Swedish.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670587

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Gillberg, Carl Gustaf, Artist. View and Map of the Affair at Ratan, of. Russian Federation Ratan Västerbotten County Sweden, 1809. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670587/.

APA citation style:

Gillberg, C. G. (1809) View and Map of the Affair at Ratan, of. Russian Federation Ratan Västerbotten County Sweden, 1809. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670587/.

MLA citation style:

Gillberg, Carl Gustaf, Artist. View and Map of the Affair at Ratan, of. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021670587/>.