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On the Rocky Roads of History

I´m Finnish historian, born 1970 and raised in Kitee, a small town located near Russian border. I worked as researcher and teacher at the University of Jyväskylä, Central Finland, for the most of time between years 1996 – 2017 (2020-2021). I have been nominated as docent (”adjunct professor”) twice (University of Jyväskylä 2005 and University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu 2008). Invited member of Finnish Historical Society I have been since 2005.

I´ve published five books. My dissertation ”Verenperijät” (Recovering Blood: Violence and Community in the Age of Transition, 2002) analysed violent crime in Early Modern Finland. After finishing PhD, I went on to study post-war Finnish university students in ”Akateemisia kansalaisia ja maakunnan toivoja” (Academic Citizens and Hopes of Provinces, 2005). In 2017 I published ”Kivikkopellon poika” ("Son of the Rocky Fields”), a biography of Erkki Laatikainen (1946 – 2013), a high-profile newspaper editor and controversial Finnish journalist.”Tiikeri 94” (Tiger 94, 2020), is a biography of Artturi Nyyssönen (1892 – 1973). Jyväskylä-based Nyyssönen made, among his many other activities, a remarkable career as a military doctor during the war (1939 – 1944). ”Kuningas Auto” (King Automobile, 2024) discusses, how private car and traffic became political questions in Finland during the decades after the war (1945 – 1980).

These books, as most of my articles, are published in Finnish, but some fruits of my work are available in English (and there is one text available even in German!). I welcome all contacts, in particular those connected to the research interests described above.



At the University of Jyväskylä:

”A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” (Petäjävesi Church 1998, Kirsi Warpula)


Rethinking Social Mobility : The Social Background and Career of Students from the "Vyborg Nation", 1833-1899. In: Ulla Aatsinki, Johanna Annola ja Mervi Kaarninen (eds.), Families, Values, and the Transfer of Knowledge in Northern Societies, 1500-2000. 171 – 184. Routledge Studies in Cultural History (2019).

Matikainen, Olli, Judges, Law-Readers and Malpractice (1560-1680). In: Karonen, Petri, Hakanen, Marko (eds.), Personal Agency at the Swedish Age of Greatness 1560-1720. Helsinki: SKS 2017.

The Violent Finn: Cultural Images and New Research Directions. Revue d'histoire Nordique vol 21 (2017), finns

Matikainen, Olli & Lidman, Satu, Histories of Social Control. In: Matikainen, Olli & Lidman, Satu (eds.), Morality, Crime and Social Control in Europe 1500 - 1900. Studia Historica 84. SKS 2014.

Matikainen, Olli, Kulturgeschichte des Unabhängigen Finnland. Teoksessa Halmesvirta, Anssi (toim.) Land unter dem Nordlicht: Eine Kulturgeschichte Finnlands. Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 2013, s. 162 - 224.

Matikainen, Olli, "Academic Citizen" and Transition of Society in Finland 1945 - 1970. Student Corporation Karjalainen Osakunta as a Case Study. Ennen ja nyt 2005: 2.

Matikainen, Olli, Verenperijät. Väkivalta ja yhteisön murros itäisessä Suomessa 1500–1600-luvulla. Bibliotheca Historica 78. Helsinki 2002. Summary: Recovering blood : violence and community in the age of transition : the case of Eastern Finland from the Middle Ages until 1700. Reviews: Juhan Kreem (Scandinavian Economic History Review 2003: 2); Anthony Upton (The Slavonic and East European Review 2004: 1).