The Info List - Peter Englund

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Peter Mikael Englund (born 4 April 1957) is a Swedish author and historian. Englund writes non-fiction books and essays, mainly about history, and especially about the Swedish Empire, but also about other historical events. He writes in a very accessible style, providing narrative details usually omitted in typical books about history. His books have gained popularity and are translated into several languages, such as German and Czech. He was the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy
Swedish Academy
from 1 June 2009 to 31 May 2015, when he was succeeded by Sara Danius.[1] In April 2018, he announced that he would no longer be an active member of the Swedish Academy.[2]


1 Biography 2 Bibliography 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Englund was born in Boden and studied a preparatory course for the caring professions for two years and then humanistic subjects for another two years in secondary school. He was then conscripted and served 15 months in the Swedish Army
Swedish Army
at the Norrbotten Regiment located in Boden. He was politically active in his youth and supported the FNL. Englund studied archaeology, history, and theoretical philosophy at Uppsala
University, completing a bachelor's degree in 1983, after which he began doctoral studies in History. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 1989 for his dissertation Det hotade huset (English title in the dissertation abstract: A House in Peril) (1989), an investigation of the worldview of the 17th-century Swedish nobility. During his period as a doctoral student, he had also worked for some time for the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service
Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service
("MUST"), and the year before receiving his doctorate he had published the bestselling Poltava, a detailed description of the Battle of Poltava, where the troops of Swedish king Charles XII were defeated by the Russian army of Tsar Peter I in 1709. Englund has received the August Prize (1993) and the Selma Lagerlöf Prize for Literature (2002). He was elected a member of the Swedish Academy in 2002. On 1 June 2009 he succeeded Horace Engdahl
Horace Engdahl
as the permanent secretary of the Academy. In 2009, to perhaps distance himself from Engdahl, the previous Nobel secretary, Englund, "criticized the jury panel as being too "Eurocentric,'" and "told the Associated Press that it was easier for Europeans to relate to European literature.".[3] In December 2014 he announced his retirement from the post of secretary of the Swedish Academy[4] and was succeeded by Sara Danius
Sara Danius
May 31, 2015.[1] On 1 June 2015, Sara Danius
Sara Danius
succeeded Peter Englund
Peter Englund
as permanent secretary.[5] On 6 April 2018, Englund announced that he would no longer participate in the Academy's work. On the same day, Klas Östergren and Kjell Espmark also declared that they would become inactive members of the Academy.[2] Bibliography[edit]

Holowczyn: Battle of the Moscow Road (boardgame, 1980)[6] Peter the Great (boardgame, 1980)[6] Poltava ("Poltava") (1988) Det hotade huset ("A House in Peril") (1989) Förflutenhetens landskap ("The Landscape of Times Past") (1991), collection of essays Ofredsår ("Years of War") (1993), Sweden
during Thirty Years' War with Erik Dahlberg
Erik Dahlberg
at the centre of the book Brev från nollpunkten ("Letters from Ground Zero") (1996), collection of essays about modern history Den oövervinnerlige ("The Invincible") (2000), on Sweden’s period as a Great Power. Sequel to Ofredsår Erik Lönnroth : inträdestal i Svenska akademien (2002) Tystnadens historia och andra essäer (2003) Jag skall dundra (2005) Tystnadens historia (" History
of Silence") (2004), collection of essays Spegelscener : minnesfragment från fyra krig (2006) Silvermasken ("The Silver Mask") (2006), a short biography of Queen Kristina of Sweden Stridens skönhet och sorg ("The Beauty and the Sorrow") (2008), a biography-based book about 19 people who lived during World War I Det stora svalget : en finlandssvensk i första världskriget (2010) 1914 Stridens skönhet och sorg : Första världskrigets inledande år i 68 korta kapitel (2014) 1915 Stridens skönhet och sorg : Första världskrigets andra år i 108 korta kapitel (2015) 1916 Stridens skönhet och sorg (2015)


^ a b Jan Arnald (2015). "Peter Englund's Biography at the Website of the Swedish Academy". Stockholm: The Swedish Academy. Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.  ^ a b "Klas Östergren, Kjell Espmark och Peter Englund
Peter Englund
lämnar Svenska Akademien". Dagens Nyheter. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.  ^ Herta Müller Wins Nobel Prize in Literature. By MOTOKO RICH and NICHOLAS KULISH. Published: 8 October 2009. NY Times ^ Lindahl, Charlotte. " Peter Englund
Peter Englund
slutar som ständig sekreterare i Svenska Akademien" (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 2014-12-20.  ^ "Chair no. 7 - Sara Danius". Swedish Academy. Retrieved 6 April 2018.  ^ a b See http://www.boardgamegeek.com/designer/2962

External links[edit]

Biography Englund's website (in Swedish)

Cultural offices

Preceded by Erik Lönnroth Swedish Academy, Seat No.10 2002- Succeeded by incumbent

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Swedish Academy

"[T]o work for the 'purity, vigour and majesty' of the Swedish language"

Current members

Lotta Lotass Bo Ralph Sture Allén Anders Olsson Göran Malmqvist Tomas Riad Sara Danius Jesper Svenbro Jayne Svenungsson Peter Englund Klas Östergren Per Wästberg Sara Stridsberg Kristina Lugn Kerstin Ekman Kjell Espmark Horace Engdahl Katarina Frostenson

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August Prize for Best Non-Fiction


1992: Gyllene äpplen – Gunnar Broberg et al. 1993: Ofredsår – Peter Englund 1994: Musiken i Sverige I–IV – Leif Jonsson et al. 1995: Tusen år i trädgården. Från sörmländska herrgårdar och bakgårdar – Maria Flinck 1996: Spåren av kungens män – Maja Hagerman 1997: I skuggan av framtiden – Sven-Eric Liedman 1998: Svenska vägar till S:t Petersburg – Bengt Jangfeldt 1999: Engelska – öspråk, världsspråk, trendspråk – Jan Svartvik


2000: Stora döden – Dick Harrison 2001: Minnets stigar – Hans Hammarskjöld, Anita Theorell & Per Wästberg 2002: Gustav Vasa – landsfader eller tyrann? – Lars-Olof Larsson 2003: Idéer om livet – Nils Uddenberg 2004: Europas idéhistoria 1492–1918: Världens ordning och Mörkret i människan – Sverker Sörlin 2005: Ninas resa – Lena Einhorn 2006: Qin – Cecilia Lindqvist 2007: Med livet som insats – Bengt Jangfeldt 2008: Regi Bergman – Paul Duncan & Bengt Wanselius 2009: Att överleva dagen – Brutus Östling & Susanne Åkesson


2010: Den röda grevinnan – Yvonne Hirdman 2011: Och i Wienerwald står träden kvar – Elisabeth Åsbrink 2012: Det står ett rum här och väntar på dig – Berättelsen om Raoul Wallenberg – Ingrid Carlberg 2013: The Expedition: The Forgotten Story of a Polar Tragedy – Bea Uusma 2014: Naturlära – Lars Lerin 2015: Min europeiska familj. De senaste 54 000 åren – Karin Bojs

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