The preacher Hans Nielsen Hauge and the followers of the Haugean movement are reveared as established heroes in Norwegian history. In 1804 everything looked different. In Haugianerne. The Spirit and the Machine, Trygve Riiser Gundersen takes us back to the era of the revival. Why did the state and the officials react to the religious revival with fear? And where did the fear disappear? The result is a new interpretation of one of the most important phenomena in Norwegian history. But also, an entirely new image of Norway before 1814 – a society characterized by turmoil, oppression, change and resistance.
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