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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 5: Historical Writing Since 1945$
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Axel Schneider and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199225996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199225996.001.0001

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Scandinavian Historical Writing

Scandinavian Historical Writing

(p.311) Chapter 15 Scandinavian Historical Writing
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Rolf Torstendahl

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at Scandinavian historical writing, focusing on how historiography has developed in closely related ways in the three Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The main periods are 1945–60, 1960–85, and 1985 until today. In the first period, old struggles were brought to an end. In the second, historical research as an individual undertaking was succeeded by large, collective projects on social history relying on sociological theory. In the third, still another enlargement of the field of history became evident, which created a new strain on the unity of the profession. The chapter then demonstrates that Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, despite some national variations, followed remarkably similar post-war trajectories.

Keywords:   Scandinavian historical writing, Scandinavian historiography, historical research, social history, sociological theory, Norway, Sweden, Denmark

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