The political history of the Medieval and Early Modern periods remains an important field of study at the Department of History. Much interest has been directed towards the development of the state into a complex organization, the political leverage of the Swedish peasants and the shifting strategies for the representation and legitimation of authority. A research topic of great importance concerns the conceptualization and diffusion of political ideas and their translation into social practices. Many scholars therefore focus on the interaction between power-wielders and the common people, to study how political arguments are exchanged and then transformed within different social settings.

 

Current Research

Bo Eriksson, PhD: The history of the Swedish nobility

Mats Hallenberg, PhD, Senior lecturer: Organization, legitimation and participation. State formation and peasant politics in Sweden, c. 1530-1680 (together with Johan Holm)

Johan Holm, PhD: Organization, legitimation and participation. State formation and peasant politics in Sweden, c. 1530-1680 (together with Mats Hallenberg)

Håkan Jakobsson, PhD-student: Experts and Entrepreneurs in Early-Modern Sweden. State-Utilization of Dutch Maritime and Mercantile Competence and Knowledge 1600-1670

Dan Johansson, PhD-student: Naval production and political mobilisation 1523-1640

Jonas Nordin, PhD, Senior lecturer: The political culture of the 18th century

Joakim Scherp, PhD-student: The political ideas of the commoner estates in the Swedish diet 1650-80

Per Gunnar Sidén, PhD-student: From Lödöse to Uleåborg – The urbanisation of Sweden and Finland 1200-1611

Ingvar Sjöblom, PhD-student: Military leadership in the Swedish navy during the 16th century

Oskar Sjöström, PhD-student: Why war? Different perspectives on conflict and warmongering in 18th century Sweden

Biörn Tjällén, PhD: Political thought and political action in the European Periphery 1300-1550

Affiliated researchers

Peter Haldén, PhD: The history of international politics, constitutional history, state formation and organizational theory

Cecilia Ihse, PhD: The estate of the clergy in 17th century Sweden