Stockholm, Sweden. Aerial view.

Still Norway remained a conservative society. Life in Norway (especially economic life) was “dominated by the aristocracy of professional men who filled most of the important posts in the central government.”[40] There was no strong bourgeosie class in Norway to demand a breakdown of this aristocratic control of the economy.[41] Thus, even while revolution swept over most of the countries of Europe in 1848, Norway was largely unaffected by revolts that year. Most revolts broke themselves on the granite conservativism of the Norwegian society.[41] Indeed, the Thrane movement was the only “revolt” that broke out in Norway in 1848.

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