1. The Story of the Aggressive and Violent Peasant Elites in the North; Ulla Koskinen.- Part I: Confronting the Authorities with Violence.- 2. Peasants and the Political Culture in Norway, 1400-1700; Knut Dørum.- 3. Did the Rich Lead the Poor to Rebel in the Finnish Peasant Revolts of the Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries?; Kimmo Katajala.- Part II: Aggressive Transactions with the Authorities.- 4. What Kind of Interaction was there between Norwegian Peasants and Danish Authorities in the Period between the Nordic Seven Years' War and the 1640s?; Øystein Rian.- 5. A State of Aggression? Swedish Peasant Elites and the Art of Bargaining during the Nordic Seven Years' War; Mats Hallenberg.- 6. The Lost Political Uprisings; Johan Holm.- Part III: Conflicts within the Communities.- 7. Violence and the Peasant Elite in Lower Satakunta, 1550-1680; Ulla Koskinen.- 8. The Fordell Family: A Struggle for Trade after Three Generations in Power; Tiina Miettinen.- 9. Conclusion; Ulla Koskinen, Knut Dørum, Mats Hallenberg, Johan Holm, Kimmo Katajala, Tiina Miettinen and Øystein Rian.