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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. I have been nominated as docent (”adjunct professor”) twice, at the University of Jyväskylä (2005) and at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu (2008). Invited member of Finnish Historical Society I have been since 2005.

I´ve published three 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). Most recently (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.

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). ;