Hur ekonomisk historia blev en egen disciplin vid de svenska universiteten

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Abstract

Economic history became a discipline with its own chair professors at the Swedish universities at the end of the 1940s. The well-known economic historian Eli Heckscher played a central role for the establishment and his work led to a stronger position for economic history in Sweden than in most other countries. However, his influence was not strong in the formation of the discipline. He always emphasized use of economic theory as essential for the economic-historical methodology. Nevertheless, traditional historical methods became dominating; historians – except for Heckscher – were experts at the appointments of the professors and all candidates were educated in history. Economists were not interested in promoting economic history. Thus, Heckscher’s methodological views did not gain acceptance and a bias towards traditional history came to dominate for a long time. In the 1960s, however, interest in theoretical and quantitative methods increased but then, paradoxically, the inspiration came from the USA and not from Heckscher.
Original languageSwedish
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLund Papers in Economic History
PublisherDepartment of Economic History, Lund University
No.2019:193

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economic History

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