Editor-in-chief of BW 2008-2012.

Anders Björnsson

Editor-in-chief of BW 2008-2012. Researcher at Sveriges Radio (Swedish Radio) (1982–1993), and at Svenska Dagbladet (1994–2001). Editor-in-Chief of Dagens Forskning (2001–2003). Since 2003, independent writer and researcher.

Recent publications include Max Weber – inblickar i en tid och ett tänkande [Max Weber – views into an age and a way of thinking] (2006), I kunskapens intresse [In the interests of knowledge], a study of the Swedish academics movement (2007), Palatset som Finland räddade [The Palace that Finland saved] (2009) and Skuggor av ett förflutet [Shadows of a past], a book about the Swedish Farmers’ League and the 1930s (2009). Conducts research on the professional and union organizing efforts of Swedish occupational therapists. Together with Professor Lars Magnusson (Uppsala University), he is completing a group project on Swedish economic thought from the time of Saint Birgitta (Saint Bridget) until the First World War.

2001 and 2009, visiting research fellow at the School of Public Administration (University of Gothenburg). 1992–1999, on the board of the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSFR). 1999–2001 on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Swedish Institute for Contemporary History (Södertörn University). Starting 2009, on the board of TAM (the archival department of Swedish white collar and professional trade unions).

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Articles by Anders Björnsson

  1. Traveling through the German historical landscape A talk with Mary Fulbrook

    In her book on the East German experiment, The People’s State, Fulbrook launched a concept that owes a lot to her life-long preoccupation with Max Weber’s theories of Herrschaft. She calls it “participatory dictatorship”. An unbelievably large proportion of the population — roughly one in six, she calculated — took an active part in activities that had to be carried out to uphold the political system as such.

  2. TOLERANCE AND TRUST Reflections on Some Scandinavian Values and Experiences

    “Weber talks of a Tischgemeinschaft, where you can eat and drink and pray. At the table people, or rather the male population, got to know each other, have faith in one another. Coming together, sharing bread and views, wine and troubles, without risk of being beaten, but with the prospect of enhancing one’s knowledge and wellbeing — what is this, if not tolerance? It wouldn’t be totally wrong to see an Eranos conference as a Weberian Tischgemeinschaft.".

  3. The relativity of suffering. One of the last century’s greatest realists at work

    + Vasily Grossman, Everything Flows, Editor and translator: , Robert Chandler, New York, New York Review of Books 2009, 253 pages + Vasily Grossman, The Road: Stories, Journalism, and Essays, Editor and translator: , Robert Chandler, New York, New York Review of Books 2010, 373 pages

  4. The human hunt that nearly paralyzed the party. A microstudy of Soviet mass terror

    Wendy Z. Goldman, Inventing the Enemy, Denunciation and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, Cambridge et al.Cambridge University Press 2011, 320 pages

  5. On the desirability of industrial capitalism and autocracy. A Russian road to modernization

    Francis W. Wcislo, Tales of Imperial Russia, The Life and Times of Sergei Witte, 1849–1915, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 314 pages

  6. Exodus from Galicia. Inferno of the swindlers and the swindled

    Martin Pollack, Kaiser von Amerika: Die grosse Flucht aus Galizien, Vienna: Paul Zsolnay Verlag 2010, 285 pages

  7. Stasi watched Sweden during the Cold War

    By matching agent lists with agent reports from the Stasi archives, Professor Almgren, who is affiliated with Södertörn University, has delved deeper into issues relating to particular individuals than the Swedish security police have. She has established the incompetence of the Swedish security police and their inability to uncover threats to Sweden at the time.


    The books I have been asked to briefly comment on are both learned works of indisputable scholarly quality. At the […]

  9. On guard against red perils

    Max Engman, Gränsfall: Utväxlingar och gränstrafik på Karelska näset 1918–1920 [Borderline case: Exchanges and border traffic on the Karelian isthmus 1918—1920] Helsinki/Stockholm, Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland [Swedish Literature Society in Finland] & Bokförlaget Atlantis 2008, 538 pages

  10. János Kornai. What has happened to Hungary in so short a time?

    The Hungarian János Kornai is one of Europe’s most respected economists. His name is often mentioned in speculation about the […]

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