The Subject of History

Department of History | The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology


born 1953, Professor. In 1987 I defended my dissertation on the crafts in the town of Malmlö during the last century of guilds regulations (Lärling - gesäll - mästare. Hantverk och hantverkare i Malmö 1750-1847).

I have a long teaching experience on all levels, from first year students to graduate education, in particular focusing on courses on theory, methods and historiography. I have served as Dean of Graduate studies in the Department of History, and since 2010 I am chairman of the department.

My research is focused on the social transformations of Swedish urban society in the 18th and 19th century. I have a special interest in the urban crafts but also in radical movements of the 19th century and the early labour movement. I am interested in the intersections of social and cultural history.


About the research

I am currently finishing a book dealing with social relations in Malmö 1720-1774. It is an attempt to analyze a typical problematic of social history from a cultural perspective. I look at representations of the social order, but I am just as interested in the way such representations were use to establish and to maintain hierarchical relations. I critically discuss the use of concepts such as "society of orders" and "class". I hope the book wil be finished during 2019.

I have currently two other areas of research interest. One of them is republicanism in Sweden in the 19th century, before the socialist breakthrough in the 1880's. In Swedish historiography pre-socalist radical ideas have usually been labelled liberal, but I maintain that it is more fruitful to analyze them within a broader European republican tradition. In connection to this research interest I have presented some conference papers on anticlericalism.

My third area of interest is Swedish historiography of the 20th century. I have especially focused on Sture Bolin, professor of history in Lund 1938-1962. My interest in him has also led me to research on the right wing and nationalist political movement Sveriges nationella förbund, in which Bolin was politically active.


Books (2)
Editorships (3)
Articles (3)
Book chapters (19)
Conference contributions (3)
Reviews (7)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (2)
Newspaper articles (3)
Miscellaneous (1)
Supervision at Lund University (9)

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Other tasks and qualifications

Lars Edgren

Department of History

Contact information

E-mail lars.edgrenhist.luse

Phone +46 46 222 79 57

Room LUX:A313

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

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