Petri Karonen is a Professor of Finnish History at the University of Jyväskylä. He has studied the change of the Swedish and Finnish societies, the processes of state making and state building, as well as several periods of crisis in a long-term perspective. The analysis of the use of power in different forms is executed both with temporal and regional comparisons, and by utilizing the concepts of political culture and “the crisis of the peace”. Professor Karonen has also studied the Finnish business leaders and their societal activities from the 17th century to the beginning of the 1900s, as well as the interpretations of Finnish history in the 20th century.

Together with the other scholars of his team, Petri Karonen analyzes the different types of crises that took place in Sweden and Finland during the period from the 1890s to 1930s. Periods of transition and turning points are versatile objects of research, firstly, because the contemporaries these situations meant real opportunities for change and action. On the other hand, the State’s leaders and representatives of the elites were often strongly interested in to calm the situation or to support continuity in a one way or another. There are plenty of examples in Sweden and in Finland on both before mentioned practices. To put these cases to the longer perspective, on the one hand the relationship between change and continuity, and on the other hand the crisis and the “normal” have been highly important factors of the development and problems of democracy both in Sweden and Finland. The concept of political culture is – as in the project in general – on focus, and the examination for the driving forces of Swedish and Finnish democracy are analyzed in close connection with international policy and the economic life in general.

Contact information

Petri Karonen
Professor of Finnish History
Historica/Building H
P.O. Box 35
FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä

+358400 247 388


Finnish Business: Rooted in Social Capital over the Centuries. In The Road to Prosperity. An Economic History of Finland (With Jari Ojala). Edited by Jari Ojala, Jari Eloranta and Jukka Jalava. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran Toimituksia 1076. Editor-in-chief Jari Ojala. SKS: Jyväskylä 2006, pp. 93–125, 316.

Coping with Peace after a Debacle: the Crisis of the Transition to Peace in Sweden after the Great Northern War (1700–1721). Scandinavian Journal of History 2008: 3, pp. 203–225.

The Council of the Realm and the Quest for Peace in Sweden, 1718–1721. In Hopes and Fears for the Future in Early Modern Sweden, 1500–1800. Ed. Petri Karonen. Studia Historica 79. Finnish Literature Society: Tampere 2009, pp. 262–287.

The Swedish Diet as a Forum for Gathering Commercial and Political Information. – Pasi Ihalainen, Michael Brensgbo, Karin Sennefelt, Patrik Winton (eds.), Scandinavia in the Age of Revolutions. Nordic Political Cultures, 1740–1820. Ashgate: Cornwall 2011, pp. 229–239.

Petri Karonen y Antero Holmila, La guerra y la paz en la historia de Finlandia: 1590–1950. Istor 48 (2012) (War and Peace in the History of Finland: Social and Political Impacts in Longue Durée, 1590–1956). – With Antero Holmila, pp. 68–94.

Five Centuries of Violence in Finland and the Baltic Area. Publications of the History of Criminality Research Project. With Heikki Ylikangas and Martti Lehti. Edited by Mirkka Lappalainen. Helsinki 1998 (275 p.). – Ohio State University Press (Columbus) has published monograph in United States in 2001 with name Ylikangas, Heikki, Karonen, Petri, Lehti, Martti, Five Centuries of Violence in Finland and the Baltic Area. With a Foreword by Eric H. Monkkonen. The History of Crime and Criminal Justice Series. Ohio State University Press. Columbus 2001 (195 p.).

Pohjoinen suurvalta. Ruotsi ja Suomi 1521–1809. Juva 1999 (533 p.) (Northern Great Power. Sweden and Finland, 1521–1809). The second edition published in 2001 (Juva 2001, 533 p); the third, reviewed edition published in 2008. WS Bookwell OY, Juva 552 p. The fourth, revised edition published in 2014. Kirjokansi 63. SKS: Riika (552 p).

Patruunat ja poliitikot. Yritysjohtajien taloudellinen ja yhteiskunnallinen toiminta Suomessa 1600–1920. Historiallisia Tutkimuksia 217. SKS: Tampere 2004 (373 p.). – ref. (English summary: Masters and Politicians: Business Managers as Economic and Political Actors in Finland, 1600–1920).

Kun sota on ohi. Sodista selviytymisen ongelmia ja niiden ratkaisumalleja 1900-luvulla. Petri Karonen ja Kerttu Tarjamo (eds.). Historiallinen Arkisto 124. SKS: Helsinki (409 pp.) – ref. (English summary: When the war is over. Management of the aftermath of wars and models of solving post war challenges in the 20th century).

Petri Karonen, Antti Räihä (toim.), Kansallisten instituutioiden muotoutuminen. Suomalainen historiakuva Oma Maa -kirjasarjassa 1900–1960. Historiallisia Tutkimuksia 267. SKS: Hansaprint Oy, Vantaa 2014 (458 s.) – ref. (English summary: The construction of national institutions: The Finnish interpretation of history in a series of nonfiction books entitled Oma Maa, 1900−1960).