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Christer Ahlberger


Christer Ahlberger

Room number: J513
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Christer Ahlberger

Born in 1956 gained Ph.D. in history in 1990. A research assistant at the Department of History in Gothenburg between 1990-94, then lecturer and subseuqently in 2002 a professor at the same department.


Chronologically, my research is situated primarily in the early modern, and to some extent, modern period. My dissertation from 1988 focused on Vävarfolket (The weaving people) with the aim of explaining and understanding the more complex aspects of their industrial transformation. In addition to intimate studies of the organisation of the home industry, systematic attempts were made to connect "the transitional issue" to changing demographic patterns, household size, migrations, etc. A special study was made in order to deepen the knowledge of a peculiar religious movement, the hoofianism, who had many followers among the many weavers.

Alongside issues of industrial, demographic, and religious conversion at the start of the modern age, I have been very interested in urban history. Within this field I have, in addition to a lot of articles, published two monographs: Åmåls stads historia (The history of Åmål) and Den svenska staden. Vinnare och förlorare (The Swedish town. Winners and Losers) The questions that have guided my work in the field are how and why cities developed as they did on the basis of changes in the social conditions and regional and national characteristics. The aim here is to try and understand, and maybe explain, what it is that is happening in the modern society; not least how the modern man emerged during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

A third major research field I have worked in could be described as "consumption and object history." Here I have published through the monograph Konsumtionsrevolutionen (The Consumer Revolution) a broad-based study that, among other things, aimed to solve a then key fundamental question about what the term "modern consumption" used in the research meant. I have also published numerous articles in this area.

My current research falls into two, possibly three, major parts. The first is an extension of my consumer research. The aim is to, based on fiction and edification literature among other things, try to get to questions about how the first generation of "mass consumers" experienced but also created the patterns of consumtion we now describe as modern.

The second area of interest could possibly be described as modern municipal and regional history. The project is driven by the aim to analyze the consequences of the "folkhem" reforms after World War II. The focus is on the last major municipal reform of 1971, which can be described as a "forgotten revolution" because public knowledge of this revolutionary reform is remarkably small. What this forgetfulness was due to as well as the actual effects, in addition to the purely political and "political scientific", municipal reforms have had are a few of the specific questions that drive the project. A third area of interest is to, based on a compilation of the recent decades of research on the "transition" to modern society, try to give an overall picture of the "birth of the modern." One ambition is to link research from subjects such as history, economic history, history of ideas, ethnology, etc. A central role in the representation is taken by the issue of "peasants and the Swedish road to the modern."

Latest publications

The Moravian Archive and the magical Ark - On archivization, lebenslauf and the emodiment of an "invisible" church
Christer Ahlberger
Moravian memoirs. Pillars of an invisible church / editors: Christer Ahlberger & Per von Wachenfeldt, Skellefteå, Artos & Norma, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Moravian memiors. Pillars of an invisible church.
Christer Ahlberger, Per von Wachenfeldt
Skellefteå, Artos Academic, Edited book 2017
Edited book

Socknen som politisk gemenskap. Ett levande kulturarv.
Christer Ahlberger
Riksarkivets årsbok 2016, Stockholm, Riksarkivet, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Dim reflections in the Sennefelt's guideline
Christer Ahlberger
Scandia, Journal article 2016
Journal article

"Vi skall bära namnet med skam" - om Herrnhutismen som kyrka eller sekt.
Christer Ahlberger
Den glömda kyrkan, om herrnhutismen i Sverige, Skellefteå, Artos, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Den glömda kyrkan. Om Herrnhutismen i Skandinavien.
Christer Ahlberger, Per von Wachenfeldt
Skellefteå, Artos, Edited book 2016
Edited book

Varför bildas kommunala partier?
Christer Ahlberger
Makt och missnöje : Sockenidentitet och lokalpolitik 1970-2010 / Christer Ahlberger & Martin Åberg (red.), Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Makt och missnöje. Sockenidentitet och lokalpolitik 1970-2010.
Christer Ahlberger, Martin Åberg
Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Edited book 2014
Edited book

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På spaning efter Västerhavets kulturarv
Christer Ahlberger
Västerhavets kulturarv. Kulturmöter i skandinavisk pereferi, Oslo, Unipub, Chapter in book 2011
Chapter in book


Consumption fantasies in Modern Literature 1820-1860. The making of the modern consumer
Christer Ahlberger, Pia Lundqvist
ESSHC 2010 – Material and Consumer Culture /MAT03: Homemaking, Cherishing and the Senses, Conference paper 2010
Conference paper

Handelns historiska forme, 1600-2050.
Christer Ahlberger
Kommers. Historiska handelsformer i Norden under 1700- och 1800-talen. red GudrunAndersson & Klas Nyberg. Opuscola Historica Upsaliensia , Magazine article 2010
Magazine article

Göteborg - från sluten stad till slutna stadsdelar?
Christer Ahlberger
1700-talets Göteborg, Conference contribution 2010
Conference contribution


Historikerns historier. Om den sköna litteraturen som källa till historien.
Tomas Nilson, Christer Ahlberger
Historier. Arton- och nittonhundratalets skönlitteratur som historisk källa, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

Historier: Arton- och nittonhundratalens skönlitteratur som historisk källa
Christer Ahlberger, Henric Bagerius, Carl Holmberg, Ulrika Lagerlöf Nilsson, Pia Lundqvist et al.
Göteborg, Insititutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs universitet, Edited book 2009
Edited book


Entreprenörens väg till Damaskus – En diskussion om entreprenörskapets rötter
Christer Ahlberger
Historia. Vänbok till Christer Winberg 5 juni 2007, Göteborg, Göteborg University, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

Pia Lundqvist, Christer Ahlberger
Varans vägar och världar. Handel och konsumtion i Skandinavien ca 1600–1900, Göteborg, Göteborg University, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

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