Is legally responsible for the publication Baltic Worlds. Professor in Baltic History, Culture and Society, and director of CBEES at Södertörn University.

Anu Mai Kõll

Professor emerita of baltic history, culture and society and former Director of the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University, Sweden. She has written works on Swedish and Baltic agrarian history, economic history and the history of Soviet repression in the Baltic countries. In 2013 she published The Village and the Class War: Anti-kulak Campaign in Estonia, in the series Historical Studies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Central European University Press.

At CBEES, Södertörn University College since October, 2006. Professor of Baltic History, Culture and Society, Stockholm University 1998. PhD at Department of Economic History, Stockholm University 1984

Her dissertation was about the relationship between social and technological change in Swedish 19th century agriculture. The  problem area integration of agriculture into a capitalist market economy in comparative perspective  was continued with Ulf Jonsson and Ronny Pettersson at the Department of Economic History, Stockholm University, publishing for instance Problems of a Peasant-based Development Strategy, Centre for International Economic History, Genève 1993.

Anu Mai Kõll is co-ordinator of the programme on Communist regimes by the Swedish Research Council. She serves on several boards: The Uppsala Programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Tartu Institute of Toronto, ETSR, The Estonian Academic Society of Sweden and the editorial board of Ajalooline Ajakiri, The Historical Journal of Estonia.

Latest books:
The Village and the Class War: Anti-kulak Campaign in Estonia, in the series Historical Studies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Central European University Press, 2013

Kommunismens ansikten, Repression, övervakning och svenska reaktioner Stockholm/Stehag :Symposion 2005

(Ed) The Baltic Countries under Occupation; Soviet and Nazi rule 1939-1991, Studia Baltica Stockholmiensia  23, 2003

Research on Communist Regimes, with Aleksander Kan and Tom Hart,  Brytpunkt, Vetenskapsrådet, Stockholm 2001

(Ed) Time of Change in the Baltic Countries, Essays in Honour of Aleksander Loit, Department of Baltic Studies, Stockholm 2000

Recent articles in anthologies:

Co-operatives as part of the national movement in the Baltic countries, in Torsten Lorenz (ed), Cooperatives in Ethnic Conflicts: Eastern Europe in the 19th and early 20th Century Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag 2006

Agrarianism and ethnicity, in Helga Schultz , Eduard Kubu (eds) History and Culture of Economic Nationalism in East Central Europe, Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag  2006.

Tender Wolves, Identification and persecution of kulaks in Viljandimaa 1940-1949, in Olaf Mertelsmann (ed.). The Sovietization of the Baltic States, 1940-1956, Tartu: Kleio 2003

Economy and Ethnicity in the Hands of the State  in Teichova (ed) Economic Change and the National Question in 20th Century Europe,  Cambridge University Press 2000

Recent articles in journals:

Den påtvingade identiteten:De estniska flyktingarna och livet som arbetare, Arbetarhistoria nr 118-119, 2006.

Med Johan Eellend, Fredrik L. Eriksson, Piotr Wawrzeniuk, “Nya plogfåror i agrarforskningen”, Historisk tidskrift 2006:4

Upplösningen av Sovjetsamhället – övergången i Estland på 1990-talet, litteraturöversikt Historisk Tidskrift 2004:4

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Articles by Anu Mai Kõll

  1. Consumer and producer cooperatives. Different legacies in Northern and Eastern Europe

    + Mary Hilson, Pirjo Markkola and Ann-Catrin Östman (eds.) Co-operatives and the Social Question: The Co-operative Movement in Northern and Eastern Europe (1880—1950), Cardiff 2012: Welsh Academic Press, 226 pages

  2. Dissertation review. Class divides and xenophobia in the shadow of World War II

    Johan Svanberg Arbetets relationer och etniska dimensioner: Verkstadsföreningen, Metall och esterna vid Svenska Stålpress-nings AB i Olofström 1945–1952 [Labour Relations and Ethnic Dimensions of Work. The Swedish Engineering Employers’ Association, the Swedish Metalworkers’ Union, and the Estonians at Svenska Stålpressnings AB in Olofström 1945—1952] Linnaeus University Press: Växjö 2010 380 pages

  3. An economic explanation of 1989. When debt-ridden elites left the scene

    In the fall of 2009, Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment by Stephen Kotkin was published. The book offers a new interpretation of the causes behind the Eastern European collapse of 1989, utilizing structural and economic explanations.

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