In the early modern era, two Nordic countries that are neighbours today, Sweden and Finland, formed one realm. Yet, modern history writing has largely ignored this unity, instead developing analysis and discussion in close connection to nationalistic ideas, national politics, and processes of state-building. Historians of both countries have therefore mostly approached their common past separately and academic history in both countries has taken its own course of development, leading to different emphases.
This volume explores the common early modern history between Sweden and Finland from the Middle Ages to beginning of the 19th century, and how this history has been created in professional historiography (1860–2020), which methods have been used, and which themes studied. Based on extensive source material, including a database of history publications in different fields in both countries, this book offers a fresh scholarly approach to the study of historiography through a unique comparative perspective.
This book is an excellent resource for students and professional researchers alike through providing an alternate view on the history of Sweden and Finland and providing key insight into the historiography of these two countries, and the similarities and differences they showcase.
Premises and preconditions of research and publishing
1 Introduction: comparing Swedish and Finnish historiographies on the early modern Swedish realm
MIIA KUHA AND PETRI KARONEN
2 Research on early modern Sweden: resources, research areas, and prominent scholars, 1850–2020
Institutions and interactions
3 Early modern Swedish state-building in Swedish and Finnish historiography
4 Joint wars – diverging interpretations: the period 1523–1809 in Swedish and Finnish military history
LARS ERICSON WOLKE AND NILS ERIK VILLSTRAND
5 The rise and fall of the Swedish Empire: causes and explanations
6 Church history of the Swedish realm, 1520–1809
ANDERS JARLERT AND JOONAS TAMMELA
People and livelihoods
7 The Finnish and Swedish historiography of the early modern Swedish patriarchal estate society: individuals, social groups,
household, and gender in dissertations, 1850–2020
8 Histories of the free peasant in Finnish and Swedish historical research, ca. 1800–1980
9 United and divided: early modern economic history in Finnish and Swedish academic literature
KERSTIN ENFLO, JARI OJALA AND JAN-PETER GUSTAFSSON
History culture and historical awareness
10 Birkarl origins in Finnish and Swedish historical research and history culture, ca. 1857–1917
11 The Age of Liberty divide: representations in Swedish historical research, ca. 1870–1970
12 Cultural–historical approaches in Finnish and Swedish early modern research