BiographyAfter being full professor of history at the University of Stockholm 1978-80 and at Uppsala University 1981-2000 I have been Emeritus Professor, which has given more time for publications.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
1) My interest in social science used in historical research has led to one main investigation of bureaucratization in Western Europe (published by Routledge in 1991) and to several investigations on professionalism, such as two books together with sociologist Michael Burrage in 1990 and works on Swedish engineers.
2) The state as policymaker and framework for political activities is another interest, resulting in books as State Theory and State History (Sage, 1992) and a book (together with Natalia Selunskaya) on state transformation and the birth of democratic culture in Russian late imperialism 1905-07, first published in Russian (by Rosspen, Moscow, 2005; later translated to English (Altus History, Denver, Colorado, 2012).
3) Most longstanding interest in the theory and methods of historical research, with several publications in Swedish and a number of articles in Journals like Storia della Storiografia and History and Theory. Now, most recently, manifested in the book The Rise and Propagation of Historical Professionalism (Routledge, 2015).