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Larsson, S. (2017). Hjälten mellan myt och historia: en studie av Torgny Segerstedts liv efter döden. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 137(2), 195-227
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2017 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 137, no 2, p. 195-227Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hero between myth and history: A study of Torgny Segerstedt’s posthumous reputation

History and myth are always entangled in hero-worship. Historical analysis needs to understand this entanglement and to develop clearer means of demarcation between history and myth. Temporality, i.e. the hero’s connection to time, is a methodological device that can be used to separate historical and mythical understandings of heroism. Historical time is fundamentally contingent because it divides time into discrete non-related contexts, whereas mythological time is stable and regenerative and thereby offers up objects for identification.

This article studies the posthumous reputation of the scholar and publicist Torgny Segerstedt (b. 1876) from 1945 to present times. During the Second World War Segerstedt was arguably Sweden’s most explicit opponent to Nazism. But his standing was very ambiguous since the only course of action embedded in his program was Sweden´s involvement in the war. The study concludes that both historical and mythological understandings of Segerstedt have existed from his obituaries and onwards, but that the general tendency is for the historical understanding of Segerstedt, including academic research, to completely give way to myth. Academic dissertations dealing with Segerstedt have been largely ignored in public discourse. In contrast, mythical understandings of Segerstedt have been supported by two privately funded foundations. It seems that from the 1990’s, Segerstedt has become the ideal object of identification for many journalists.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2017
Keyword
Swedish history 1945–2000, myth, temporality, hero-worship, Torgny Segerstedt
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
History; History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-334813 (URN)
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved
Larsson, S. (2015). "A Circling of the Wagons. The 'Historical Method' and Disciplinary Boundaries.". In: Jan-Eivind Myhre (Ed.), Boundaries of History: (pp. 55-82). Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press
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2015 (English)In: Boundaries of History / [ed] Jan-Eivind Myhre, Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press, 2015, p. 55-82Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press, 2015
Series
Acta Societatis theologicae Upsaliensis. Nova series
Keyword
historical method, boundary dispute, Eli Heckscher, Erik Lönnroth
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268309 (URN)978-82-304-0157-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-12-03 Created: 2015-12-03 Last updated: 2015-12-03
Larsson, S. (2015). Historisk tidsskrift som forskningsobjekt. Essay med anledning av ett jubileum.. Temp. Tidsskrift for historie (11), 185-189
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Historisk tidsskrift som forskningsobjekt. Essay med anledning av ett jubileum.
2015 (Swedish)In: Temp. Tidsskrift for historie, no 11, p. 185-189Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268595 (URN)
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2015-12-08
Larsson, S. (2014). Hitler for all: popular cultural perspectives on Nazi Germany, Second World War and the Holocaust [Review]. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 134(1), 120-123
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hitler for all: popular cultural perspectives on Nazi Germany, Second World War and the Holocaust
2014 (English)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 134, no 1, p. 120-123Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228377 (URN)000336235000018 ()
Note

Eva Kingsepp & Tanja Schult (red.), Hitler für alle, anm. av Simon Larsson

Available from: 2014-07-14 Created: 2014-07-11 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Larsson, S. (2014). "Mellan två kunskapsregimer. Rättsvetenskapen och politiken under 1930- och 40-talet". Retfærd. Nordic journal of law and justice, 145(2), 54-77
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2014 (Swedish)In: Retfærd. Nordic journal of law and justice, ISSN 0105-1121, Vol. 145, no 2, p. 54-77-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses the Boundary Work conducted around law as an academic field of knowledge in the 1930s and 1940s in Sweden. This period designates a formative phase for many research disciplines. The boundaries negotiated and drawn then are still, to a large extent, regarded as valid. The purpose of the article is therefore to give a historical and political perspective on the present boundaries of legal science. The article argues that legal science lacked a strategic discipline builder and that political scientist Herbert Tingsten and philosopher Ingemar Hedenius were able to colonize the societal relevance of law as an academic discipline for the sake of their own disciplines, thus rendering legal science a discipline with narrow boundaries, isolated and subordinate to the discipline of philosophy. It is argued that this was achieved by representing the knowledge regime of positivism, a philosophy of science aiming at enforcing the formal unity of academic disciplines in a hierarchic formation where the place at the top is held by philosophy.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jurist och ekonomförbundets förlag. Köpenhamn: , 2014
Keyword
Discipline building, knowledge, democracy Hedenius
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Jurisprudence; History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236357 (URN)
Available from: 2014-11-18 Created: 2014-11-18 Last updated: 2014-11-18
Larsson, S. (2014). Temporalization and Professionalization: The Case of Lauritz Weibull and The Swedish Discipline of History. In: Diana Mishkova, Balázs Trencsényi, Marja Jalava (Ed.), "Regimes of Historicity" in Southeastern and Northern Europe, 1890-1945: Doscourses of Identity and Temporality (pp. 101-119). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Temporalization and Professionalization: The Case of Lauritz Weibull and The Swedish Discipline of History
2014 (English)In: "Regimes of Historicity" in Southeastern and Northern Europe, 1890-1945: Doscourses of Identity and Temporality / [ed] Diana Mishkova, Balázs Trencsényi, Marja Jalava, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan , 2014, p. 101-119-Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Keyword
temporality, historiography
National Category
History
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236359 (URN)
Projects
Regiems of Historicity and Discourses of Modernity and Identity
Available from: 2014-11-18 Created: 2014-11-18 Last updated: 2014-11-18
Larsson, S. (2013). Från ung rabulist till humanioras starke man: Ideal och legitimitetsstrategier hos den unge Erik Lönnroth. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 133(2), 145-173
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från ung rabulist till humanioras starke man: Ideal och legitimitetsstrategier hos den unge Erik Lönnroth
2013 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 133, no 2, p. 145-173Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

From rowdy youngster to front man of the establishment. Ideals and strategies of the young Erik Lönnroth

This article investigates the ideals and strategies of Erik Lönnroth, one of the leading and most influential scholars in Swedish humanities in the twentieth century. The focus is on his career during the interwar years and the article seeks to explain the change in Lönnroth’s scholarly ideals after he established himself in the upper echelons of the profession. His early ideal was the presentation of far-reaching reevaluations of Swedish medieval history. To do this he adhered to the ideal of historical synthesis, which was presented as an alternative to both narrow empirical specialization and ideological use of history. This ideal corresponded to a certain liberal aristocratic culture prevalent among academics in Gothenburg in the interwar years. After he established himself at the professorial level Lönnroth was recruited to the Swedish liberal morning paper Dagens Nyheter, along with other prominent liberal intellectuals of the time, such as political scientist Herbert Tingsten and philospher Ingemar Hedenius. In this new environment Lönnroth deserted his former ideal of historical synthesis and supported the ideal of specialization, which was more in tune with the general style of research in the postwar years. Lönnroth’s reorientation can also be explained as an attempt to “cover his tracks” since his synthetical interpretations came under attack by more specialized researchers. The impulse behind Lönnroth’s reorientation is therefore symptomatic of the gradual transformation of historiography from a literary genre to a modern research discipline.

Keyword
Sweden, 20th Century, Historiography, Humanities, Sociology of Knowledge, Science Studies, Erik Lönnroth
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211927 (URN)000336234600002 ()
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Larsson, S. (2012). CRITIQUE AND MORALITY.CONSENSUS AND DISSENT IN POST-REVISIONIST SOVIET STUDIES [Review]. Baltic Worlds (3-4), 78-79
Open this publication in new window or tab >>CRITIQUE AND MORALITY.CONSENSUS AND DISSENT IN POST-REVISIONIST SOVIET STUDIES
2012 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, no 3-4, p. 78-79-Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211945 (URN)
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2017-12-06
Larsson, S. (2012). "Hur historia blev kärnämne",Recension av Michael Hallenius Clio räddar världen, Respons 2012:6 [Review]. respons - recensionstidskrift för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (6)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Hur historia blev kärnämne",Recension av Michael Hallenius Clio räddar världen, Respons 2012:6
2012 (Swedish)In: respons - recensionstidskrift för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap, no 6Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211943 (URN)
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2013-12-03
Larsson, S. (2012). Normer och moral: Genmäle till Rolf Torstendahl. Historisk Tidskrift (S), 129(2), 247-251
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Normer och moral: Genmäle till Rolf Torstendahl
2012 (Swedish)In: Historisk Tidskrift (S), ISSN 0345-469X, Vol. 129, no 2, p. 247-251Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Keyword
debatt, normer, moral
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211928 (URN)
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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