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  • Oxenstierna, Count Axel Gustafsson 1583-1654. Swedish politician who virtually ruled Sweden as leader of the council of regency during the minority of Christina (1632-1644).

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  • In 1648, on the occasion of the Peace Settlement which ended the Thirty Years War, Axel Oxenstierna, the Swedish Chancellor, wrote to his son: “Do you know, my son, with what little wisdom the world is governed?”

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  • The policy of Sweden was determined by Oxenstierna; that of France by Richelieu and later by Mazarin.

    d. The Swedish-French Period, 1635-48

  • Oxenstierna became the ruler of Sweden under Gustavus Adolphus's daughter, CHRISTINA.

    2. Sweden

  • Therefore, in 1648, against Oxenstierna, against her generals, and against her people, she exercised her royal power and brought the

    Famous Affinities of History — Complete

  • Her discretion was admired by every one; and after a while she had the advice and training of the great Swedish chancellor, Oxenstierna, whose wisdom she shared to a remarkable degree.

    Famous Affinities of History — Complete

  • Sweden had obtained a high place in Europe, in consequence of the grand part she played in the Thirty Years 'War, to which contest she contributed the greatest generals, the ablest statesmen, and the best soldiers; and the successes of Charles XII. in the first half of his reign promised to increase the power of that country, which had become great under the rule and direction of Gustavus Adolphus and Oxenstierna.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 45, July, 1861

  • Oxenstierna was lucky to live when he did, and not in this wise republicof ours.

    Mein Kampf

  • These people are too stupid to think any-thing forthemselves and too conceited to learn what is necessary from others-an age-oldtruth which caused Oxenstierna to cry out: 'The world is governed by a merefraction of wisdom'; l and indeed nearly every ministerial secretary embodiesonly an atom of this fraction.

    Mein Kampf

  • Swedish West India Company, and after his death Oxenstierna, his prime-minister, renewed the scheme.

    England in America, 1580-1652

  • But the desire aroused by Usselinx for a Swedish colonial empire was revived in the reign of his infant daughter, Christina, by the celebrated Swedish Chancellor, Oxenstierna.

    The Quaker Colonies, a chronicle of the proprietors of the Delaware

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