Hans Forssell

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Hans Ludvig Forssell ( 14 January 1843 – 2 August 1901) was a Swedish historian and political writer.

Hans Forssell was born at Gävle, Gästrikland, where his father, the clergyman Carl Adolf Forssell, taught in the gymnasium. At the age of sixteen he became a student at Uppsala University, where he distinguished himself, and where, in 1866, having taken the degree of doctor, he was appointed reader in history.

At the age of thirty, however, Forssell, who had already shown remarkable business capacity, was called to Stockholm, where he filled one important post after another in the Swedish civil service. In 1875 he was appointed head of the treasury, and in 1880 was transferred to the, department of inland revenue, of which he continued to be president until the time of his death. In addition to the responsibilities which these offices devolved upon him, Forssell was constantly called to serve on royal commissions, and his political influence was immense. In spite of all these public duties, which he carried through with the utmost diligence, Forssell also found leisure for an abundant literary activity.

Of his historical writings the most important were: Sveriges inre historia från Gustaf den förste, med särskildt afseende på förvaltning och ekonomi ("The Administrative and Economical History of Sweden after Gustavus I"; 1869-1875) and Sverige 1571. Försök till en administrativ-statistisk beskrifning... ("Sweden in 1571"; 1872). He was also for...
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