Matti Roitto (MA) has so far focused his research mainly on 20th century political history and international relations. His research interests include parliamentarism, geopolitics, & crises and return to peace. At the moment he is working as a project researcher at the department of History and Ethnology in the University of Jyväskylä and is finalizing his dissertation about the effects of the Anglo-American atomic co-operation to the changes in Britain’s foreign policy in 1945-1946. He has been a member of the national doctoral school of History in 2010-2013

In this research programme, Roitto is a researcher in the sub-project of Jyväskylä, which focuses on the driving forces of democracy in Sweden and in Finland in 1890–1930. One of the defining features of this era is that all, political culture, economy and geopolitics were closely interconnected as well as co-dependent to some extent. Within this particular greater context Roitto focuses especially on the interaction of the crises of peace of representative democracies and the affecting geopolitical forces. Their joint meaning for as one of the driving forces in the Baltic region is in the focus of Roitto’s research. For instance, interest of the local great powers has no doubt had some effect on the possibilities as well as realities of the democracy of both, Sweden and Finland. Therefore it is essential also to take into account the wider European framework. Moreover, together with professor’s Karonen and Ojala, Roitto takes part in researching the interdependence of the main three driving forces of democracy in Sweden and Finland, that is economy, geopolitics and the political culture.

Contact information

Matti Roitto
Historian ja Etnologian Laitos
Jyväskylän yliopisto
PL 35 40014 Jyväskylä

E-mail: matti.roitto (at) jyu.fi

Publications

“The atomic question of 1945–1946 as an attempt of parliamentarization of British foreign policy”, Special issue of “Parliamentary History”.  Forthcoming in 2015.

“Valkoista paperia kloorilla” Teoksessa “Patruuna-ajasta Euroopan reunalle” Kuusankoski, Paperiliiton osasto 19, 2006, p.104–119.