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Thomasson, Fredrik

Overview
Works: 21 works in 51 publications in 3 languages and 1,131 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DS61.7.A38, 932.07202
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Most widely held works by Fredrik Thomasson
The life of J.D. Åkerblad : Egyptian decipherment and orientalism in revolutionary times by Fredrik Thomasson( )

21 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Johan David Åkerblad (1763-1819) contributed to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs and Demotic and is known as a predecessor of Jean-François Champollion. This intellectual biography offers a new and less heroic interpretation of the first reading of the Egyptian scripts. Åkerblad, an exceptional linguist, was a diplomat and orientalist who spent several decades living in the Ottoman Empire, France and Italy. Of humble birth, he was a supporter of the French Revolution - something that stymied his career. His life cannot be understood in a purely Swedish national framework, and this study firmly situates him as an international scholar. The book discusses European expansion in the Eastern Mediterranean during the tumultuous decades around the year 1800, and traces Åkerblad's momentous life in relation to the debates on 'orientalism', the tradition of classical studies and the history of science."--Back cover
The life of J Egyptian decipherment and Orientalism in revolutionary times by Fredrik Thomasson( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rosettastenens förste tolkare : Johan David Åkerblads liv i Orienten och Europa by Fredrik Thomasson( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Swedish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A dangerous man of the Enlightenment" : J.D. Åkerblad and Egyptology and Orientalism in times of revolutions by Fredrik Thomasson( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I. The first part: The making of a diplomat and orientalist treats Åkerblad's education, his initial diplomatic career and travels in East. The aim has been to give a broad background of what influenced both his political and scholarly choices and interests. Åkerblad became an accomplished oriental linguist in Uppsala. In 1783 he was sent to Constantinople to finish his education as an interpreter in the Swedish foreign service. After a short time in Turkey he was fluent in Turkish, Arabic and Modern Greek. Already before leaving Sweden in 1783 he had the ambition to travel in the East. There was a tradition of Swedes travelling in the Ottoman empire, they were not many, but Åkerblad was certainly inspired by them. II. The second part: 1789-1801: Political and professional change focuses on the decade following the French Revolution. Passing Paris in the spring of 1789 Åkerblad met the leading scholars in his fields. He missed the events of July by a couple of months. Åkerblad was initially an enthusiastic observer of the change in France. The fall of the French monarchy had immediate effects in both Constantinople and Stockholm. Sweden entered a period of political instability until 1809 when Finland was lost to Russia and a new constitution curtailed royal power. III. The third part: Reading Egyptian; deciphering the Rosetta inscriptions gives a detailed account of Åkerblad's Egyptian work. It also describes his final diplomatic appointments in The Hague and Paris. Here the mainly chronological exposé of the first two parts is abandoned. Åkerblad's entire work with the Rosetta inscription 1802-1815, as well as his continued Coptic and Egyptian research is treated. To give sufficient weight to what may be considered Åkerblad's most important scholarly work it is necessary to treat his Egyptian involvement in a single context. IV. Åkerblad was ordered back to Sweden in 1804 when the diplomatic relations with France were severed. He disobeyed and went to Italy instead. This fourth part chronicles Åkerblad's years during Occupation and restoration in Italy, the most stationary period in his adult life. Åkerblad's life and his scholarly interests are certainly not representative of his times. But it cannot be the task of a biography to try to capture only what is representative. This biography is instead an attempt to make a few aspects of the period visible, some of them hitherto ignored. To write about Åkerblad's experiences today sheds light on a few tumultuous decades and highlights the view of a scholar from the European periphery
Justifying and criticizing the removals of antiquities in Ottoman lands : tracking the Sigeion inscription by Fredrik Thomasson( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Article attempts to widen the debate on the removal of antiquities from the Ottoman Empire around 1800. The removals are often seen in an Anglo-French perspective with the result that other voices are erased, both those of the local populations and of other foreign observers. The author shows that objects that now neglected were once highly valued by both local inhabitants and collectors, and that their removals were repeatedly resisted. He suggests that a more subtle interaction occurred between collectors and the local populations than hitherto has been recognized. While the local populations were accused of various "superstitious" practices-often conveniently related to objects coveted by European collectors-the author proposes that the removers were not uninfluenced by these practices. Introducing testimonies from Swedish observers that were critical of the removals before such critiques became frequent, is also question the stereotype of a common European attitude toward the Ottoman Empire. Discussion of how such critique was related to their status as third-party observers from a nation without power or museums. By investigating the arguments of both collectors and critics, author proposes that many positions in the debate today were already present at the time of the removals. Following the history of a less famous object serves to highlight aspects of early European collecting and expansion in the Eastern Mediterranean that are often overlooked in the debate on ownership and restitution claims. (Abstract by the author)
Water and urban conflict : discussion on issues and a review of Sida projects by George de Gooijer( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art, nationalism and politics during occupation and Restoration Rome : "O che razza infame è mai quella dei leccaculi!" by Fredrik Thomasson( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between Rome and the Orient : Johan David Åkerblad's (1763-1819) notebook Vat. lat. 9785 by Fredrik Thomasson( )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En öppen fästning by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 1996 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Silvestre de Sacy et J.-D. Åkerblad : compétition et coopération dans les études égyptiennes by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Att läsa egyptiska : J.D. Åkerblad och orientaliska studier under invasion och krig by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 2010 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Världens största monument över förbränningsmotorn : intervju med Oscar Niemayer by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 1993 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Thirty-two lashes at quatre piquets : slave laws and justice in the Swedish colony of St. Barthelemy ca. 1800 by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Rosettastenens förste tolkare Johan David Åkerblads liv i Orienten och Europa by Fredrik Thomasson( Recording )

1 edition published in 2018 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Rosettastenen upptäcktes i samband med den franska invasionen av Egypten 1798-99. Stenen var graverad med text på tre olika skrivsätt: hieroglyfer, grekiska och ett okänt språk. Johan David Åkerblad, 1763-1819, blev den förste att tyda egyptiska ord på stenen och bevisade därmed att den demotiska skriften var en tidig variant av koptiska. Biografin över Åkerblad handlar mycket om hans språktalang som gjorde honom till pionjär inom flera områden
The Life of J.D. Åkerblad: Egyptian Decipherment and Orientalism in Revolutionary Times (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History) by Fredrik Thomasson( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

De-Architecture by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 1989 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"With the sabre in one hand and the Koran in the other" : Turkish seamen in the Baltic and the decline of Swedish-Ottoman relations in the 1790s by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ett annat perspektiv by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 1990 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Tryckort Gustavia : svenska karabiska tidningar, statstryck och slaveri 1804-1828 by Fredrik Thomasson( )

1 edition published in 2018 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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