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Lars Nyström

Senior lecturer

Lars Nyström
Senior lecturer , Deputy Head
lars.nystrom@history.gu.se
+46 31 786 5265

Room number: 2427
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 41261 Göteborg


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 412 61 Göteborg

About Lars Nyström

My main research interest is in agrarian history, but I have also studied aspects of industrial history, urban history, labour history, environmental history, as well as questions related to power and its legitimization. Chronologically, I cover the period from the 16th century up till present day, with a main focus on the modern period.

 

In my dissertation, Potatisriket (The Potato Realm, 2003) I studied the landed estate of Stora Bjurum in western Sweden from 1857-1917. The ambition was to understand this place from the ground up – from the natural geographic conditions, agriculture, and organization of work, up to questions of social identity, culture, and politics. The main focus was power. How does a community where one person has virtually all means of power work? How did the master use power and for what purposes? What could apparently powerless subjects do to assert themselves and their interests? How did all this change during industrialization and democratization?

 

After dissertating, I began a VR project Det tredje Sverige (The Third Sweden) on the processes of rural industrialization in western Sweden in the postwar period. The project combined theories from the writings on Early Modern protoindustrialization and on post war industrial districts in “third Italy”. The results are summarized in En industrialisering efter industrialiseringen (An Industrialization after Industrialization) (2012). For a presentation in English, see the articles “A Take-off from the Land” and "From Farms to Firms".

 

During the last several years, I have begun a research collaboration with Erik Hallberg, Ph.D. Much of our research focuses on commons, open fields, and enclosures in Sweden during the 18th and 19th centuries. Currently, I am working on the following projects:

 

-        The database Sweden’s Arable Lands, 1810 and 1870 (financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2016, project leader E. Hallberg). The project uses information from documents of land surveying in the compilation of a database on acreages and agricultural production in Sweden 1810 and 1870. Together with preexisting databases (developed by, among others, Lennart Palm), this database will make it possible to analyze the development of Swedish agrarian society from 1570 to 1990. Contributing researchers include E. Hallberg, L. Nyström, Lennart Palm, and Lotta Lejonhufvud.

 

-        Linking Land and Sea: Building and Analyzing Long Series of Data on the Integration of Sweden in the Early Modern Northern Sea – Atlantic Economy (financed by Sea and Society, Gothenburg University, 2017, project leader L. Nyström). This project connects databases of agrarian production with maritime trade, facilitating the study of Sweden’s integration into the growing North Sea economy after 1500. An especial focus is on development in the lake region of Vänbäckenet and the relationship between this area and markets in the Netherlands and Great Britain, via the river Göta älv. Participating researchers: L. Nyström, E. Hallberg, and Lennart Palm.

 

-        Egyptian Plagues and Jerusalem’s Destruction: Epidemics, Malnutrition, Starvation, and Power’s Legitimacy in Early Modern Sweden, 1590-1810 (Vetenskapsrådet 2016, project leader Martin Linde). The project analyzes how mortality crises were interpreted and dealt with ideologically and politically in Early Modern Sweden, with a focus on how these crises were understood as God’s punishment and on the potential social obligations of the ruling elites to deal with the situation. Participating researchers: Martin Linde, Daniel Larsson, E. Hallberg, and L. Nyström.

 

-        The Power over the Land: Gothenburg’s Land Acquisitions in the Postwar Period: Angered and Västra Frölunda (Anna Ahrenbergs fund, project leader L. Nyström). The project studies how Gothenburg city secured access to land prior to the Million Program housing project, focusing on the conflicts with earlier independent municipalities and landowning farmers. The project is a part of the Anna Ahrenberg Foundation’s program for Gothenburg’s 400-year anniversary. Participating researchers: L Nyström, E Hallberg, Linus Karlsson.

 

-        Steering Styrene: The Swedish Plastic Hull Industry and the Implementation of Environmental Legislation, Institutional and Industrial Change (Vetenskapsrådet, project leader L Nyström). This is an old environmental history project. Research is focused how the state attempted to clean up dirty industry, the manufacture of plastic yachts, whose emissions of styrene threatened the health of its workers and the surrounding environment.

 

Parallel with this research and teaching demands, I have since 2003 been involved as lead writer in the project Perspektiv på historien, producing the currently predominant material used for teaching history in Swedish high schools.

Latest publications

Negotiating enclosures? Local responses to the Swedish enclosure reforms, the case of Västergötland 1804-­‐1860
Lars Nyström
Paper presented at Rural history, Paris, September 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

From farms to firms: rural industrialisation under the “Swedish model” of organised capitalism
Lars Nyström
Ager. Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Perspektiv på historien Kommentarer till övningar PPH 1b PPH Plus
Lars Nyström, Örjan Nyström, Erik Hallberg, Karin Sjöberg, Kerstin Martinsdotter
Malmö, Gleerups, Textbook 2018
Textbook

Scattered land, scattered risks? An empirical approach to the question of open fields as insurance: the case of Scania, 1750-1850
Lars Nyström
Paper presented at Coping with risks in agriculture: What challenges and prospects? Paris, February 2018 , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Perspektiv på historien Plus, 2:a uppl
Lars Nyström, Hans Nyström, Örjan Nyström
Malmö, Gleerups utbildning AB, Textbook 2017
Textbook

”Egyptian Plagues and the Destruction of Jerusalem”: Famine, Epidemics and the Legitimizing of Power in Early Modern Sweden
Erik Hallberg, Daniel Larsson, Martin Linde, Lars Nyström
Workshop Explaining Famines, Defining Responsibilities University of Turku, Finland, Thu 12 – Sun 15 January 2017, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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2019

Negotiating enclosures? Local responses to the Swedish enclosure reforms, the case of Västergötland 1804-­‐1860
Lars Nyström
Paper presented at Rural history, Paris, September 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

From farms to firms: rural industrialisation under the “Swedish model” of organised capitalism
Lars Nyström
Ager. Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies, Journal article 2019
Journal article

2018

Perspektiv på historien Kommentarer till övningar PPH 1b PPH Plus
Lars Nyström, Örjan Nyström, Erik Hallberg, Karin Sjöberg, Kerstin Martinsdotter
Malmö, Gleerups, Textbook 2018
Textbook

Scattered land, scattered risks? An empirical approach to the question of open fields as insurance: the case of Scania, 1750-1850
Lars Nyström
Paper presented at Coping with risks in agriculture: What challenges and prospects? Paris, February 2018 , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

2017

Perspektiv på historien Plus, 2:a uppl
Lars Nyström, Hans Nyström, Örjan Nyström
Malmö, Gleerups utbildning AB, Textbook 2017
Textbook

”Egyptian Plagues and the Destruction of Jerusalem”: Famine, Epidemics and the Legitimizing of Power in Early Modern Sweden
Erik Hallberg, Daniel Larsson, Martin Linde, Lars Nyström
Workshop Explaining Famines, Defining Responsibilities University of Turku, Finland, Thu 12 – Sun 15 January 2017, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 50

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