The Subject of History

Department of History | The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology


I defended my thesis on administration and society in 18th century Iceland at Stockholm University in 1985. In 1993 I moved to Lund and became professor here in 2000. I work parttime and don't teach any more. My research interests have been pre-industrial society, especially its political culture and the possibilities of common people to interact with the authorities, but also pre-national identities. The geographical scope has not only been Sweden but also the Nordic area as a whole. I have studied influence and political culture in Sweden and Denmark-Norway in the 18th century, local self government in the 19th century, the dissolution of the Union of Kalmar in the 16th century, and identities in the process of Skåne’s transfer from Denmark to Sweden in the 17th century. My latest book concerns the European state formation process from the middle ages until the French revolution. With Liesbeth Geevers, I am working in a project on the role of princely dynasties in state formation.


About the research

I am taking part in the project 'Re-thinking Dynastic Rule: Dynast's and State
Formation in the Habsburg and Oldenburg Monarchies, 500-1700',  where my part is to do a study of the Oldenburg dynasty in Denmark 1536-1699.


Books (10)
Editorships (3)
Articles (13)
Book chapters (13)
Reviews (16)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (5)
Newspaper articles (28)
Supervision at Lund University (7)

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Harald Gustafsson

Department of History

Contact information

E-mail harald.gustafssonhist.luse

Phone +46 46 222 79 66

Room LUX:A324

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30