Magnusson, Lars

Lars Magnusson is Professor and chair in Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden

I became a Phd in 1980 writing my dissertation of Swedish 18th century agrarian history. I have since taught at Uppsala university mainly in the field of general European economic history, Swedish economic history and the history of economic thought. I received my chair in Uppsala in 1992, served as head of department for more than ten years, as vice president of Uppsala University 2005-2008 and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in Uppsala 2012-17. I have been a visiting fellow to, for example the Max Planck institute for History (1985, 1986 and 1994), Institute des Hautes Etudes in Paris (1990, 1996, 1998, 2000), the European University in Florence (several periods from 2001-2010) and Keio University, Tokyo (2012). I became a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences in 2004 and served as the chairman the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study (SCAS) from 2004 to 2017. In 2006 I received an honorary doctoral degree in Kyoto, Japan.

My current interest is mainly on European economic thought 17th to 19th century. On this subject I have published a number of monographs, edited volumes and articles, among monographs for example “Mercantilism: the Shaping of an Economic Language” (1994) “The Tradition of Free Trade” (2003) and “The Political Economy of Mercantilism” (2014). I have also published “An Economic History of Sweden” (2000). I am currently involved in comparative research concerning Cameralism as theory and practice in Europe, 17th-19th centuries. I have just finished a manuscript on the History of Financial Crashes 14th to 21th centuries which will be published in the beginning of 2018.

Recent books

  • Nation, State and the Industrial Revolution. Routledge: Abingdon 2009. (Japanese edition 2011).
  • Twentieth-Century Economic History (ed Lars Magnusson), vol I-I. Critical Concepts in Economics. Abingdon: Routledge 2010.
  • The Political Economy of Mercantilism. Routledge: London & New York 2015. (Japanese translation 2017).
  • A Brief History of Political Economy: The Tales of Marx, Keynes and Hayek. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2016. (co-authored with Bo Stråth).

Recent articles

  • ”Political Economy in Historical Context: the case of Malthus and Sweden “. The Benefit of Broad Horizons. Festschrift for Björn Wittrock (ed Hans Joas and Barbro Klein. Leiden/Boston: Brill 2010.
  • “Do the Nordic Lights Shine Brightly Again? – Sweden´s response to the 1970´s and 1980´s crisis. Journal of Modern European History, vol 9 (2011-12).
  • “Introduction” (plus notes and shorter introctions to all chapters). Maren Jonsson and Pertti Hyttinen (ed), Anticipating The Wealth of nations. The Selected Works of Anders Chydenius (1729-1803). Abingdon: Routledge 2011.
  • “Freedom and Trade: From Corporate Freedom and Jealousy of Trade to Natural Liberty”. Keio Economic Studies, vol XLIX (2013).
  • “Business History and the History of Work- a contested relationship. Business History, vol 56, no 1 (2014).
  • “Is Mercantilism a Useful Concept Still?” Moritz Isenmann (hg), Merkantilismus. Wiederaufnahme einer Debatte. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag 2014.
  • “Sweden”. Vincent Barnett (ed), Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought. Abingdon: Routledge 2014.
  • “Was Cameralism really the German version of Mercantilism?”. In Philipp R. Rössner (ed), Economic Growth and the Origins of Modern Political Economy- Economic reasons of State, 1500-2000. Abingdon: Routledge 2016.
  • “Erik Gustaf Geijer. An Introduction”. In Björn Hasselgren (ed), Freedom in Sweden. Selected Wotks of Erik Gustaf Geijer. Stockholm: Timbro förlag 2017.