Bo Stråth


Bo Stråth (Curriculum Vitae) was 2007-2014 Finnish Academy Distinguished Professor in Nordic, European and World History and Director of Research at the Department of World Cultures / Centre of Nordic Studies (CENS), University of Helsinki. 1997-2007 he was Professor of Contemporary History at the European University Institute in Florence, and 1991-1996 Professor in History at the University of Gothenburg. He is a member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Sveriges historia 1830-1920

by | Jun 16, 2012 | Monographs, Publications

(Sweden’s  History 1830-1920). Stockholm: Norstedts 2012. 712 pp


The focus of the book is on the emergence of the modern mass society under intense
struggles about how to shape the future. The period between 1830 and 1920 was the time
between two major revolutions. Its distinctive mark was the belief in progress and the
opposition to this belief. The society could and should be improved through political and
economic achievements. However, the road towards democracy was not straight and easy.
The contradictions and the interest conflicts were often strong, because there were many
competitors about setting the agenda for the future. The outcomes of the conflicts were never
given beforehand. One frontline was between monarchical and people’s sovereignty. Many
conflicts in what from the 1830s onwards began to be called the social issue looked for their
solutions. The same is true for the struggle between employers and employees, organised
capital and organised labour. Other stumbling-blocks were the education issue, the place of
the Lutheran state church in society, and the emerging feminism. All these conflicts were
negotiated in a country that ever more came to be marked by mass media and new
consumption opportunities. The book also describes how Sweden became a small power
surrounded by big powers. The oppositions and conflicts between Russia, Britain, and, from
the 1870s, Germany, made it crucial for the Swedish political elite to define and find a
realistic power position in the Baltic region. The foreign politics were consequently
contested. An important point of this conflict dealt with the Union Sweden-Norway (1814-
1905). Sweden is seen in a global and European perspective from the viewpoints of politics,
economy and culture.


  • Monographs
  • Anthologies
Creating Community and Ordering the World
A European Memory
A European Memory?
European Solidarities
European Solidarities
Reflections on Europe
Reflections on Europe
The Economy as a Polity
The Economy As a Polity
A European Social Citizenship
A European Social Citizenship?
Representations of Europe and the Nation in Current and Prospective Member States
States and Citizens History Theory Prospects
States and Citizens
The Meaning of Europe
The Meaning of Europe
From the Werner Plan to the EMU
From the Werner Plan to the EMU
Europe and the Other and Europe as the Other
Europe and the Other and Europe as the Other
Myth and Memory in the Construction of Community
Myth and Memory in the Construction of Community
AFTER FULL EMPLOYMENT European Discources on Work and Flexibility
After Full Employment
Enlightenment and Genocide Contradictions of Modernity
Enlightenment and Genocide, Contradictions of Modernity
Department of History and Civilization Nationalism and Modernity EUI Working Papers
Nationalism and Modernity
The Postmodern Challenge Perspectives East and West
The Postmodern Challenge
The Cultural Construction of Norden
The Cultural Construction of Norden
Comparativ Wohnungsbau im Internationalen Vergleich Heft 3-1996
Wohnungsbau im internationalen Vergleich
Language and the Construction of Class Identities
Language and the Construction of Class Identities
Idylle oder Aufbruch
Idylle oder Aufbruch?
Democratisation in Scandinavia in Comparison