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Background and activities

Research projects

Dissertation, publ. 1998: De trondhjemske handelshusene på 1700-tallet. Slekt, hushold og forretning (Merchant houses in Trondheim in the 18th century. Family, household and business)

Last finished project: A regional history of Trøndelag. My contribution covers the period 1650-1850. Title: Trøndelags historie, vol. 2, Fra pest til poteter, part 2, Handelskapitalismens tid 1650-1850 (The era of trade capitalism 1650-1850), publ. 2005

Women as political actors in early modern Europe

Ongoing projects:

Training and education in the 18th century socially divided society

Trade, consumption and the industrious society

Local history as trans-national history

The constitution and the region: The constitution in 1814 from the regional perspecive: hegemony, continuity and interruption

Research interests and teaching

Local history, social history, economic history, women and gender history 1650-1900

Publications in English

Merchant households and their networks in eighteenth-century Trondheim, Continuity and Change, vol. 17, no. 2, 2002.

Inheritance in Family Business; The "Long" Merchant Family: Problems Concerning Generation Change, Scandinavian Journal of History, vol. 27, 2002.

Professions, absolutism and the role of widows, Scandinavian Journal of History, vol. 29, 2004.
City merchants as structuring element in the Norwegian region Trøndelag, In der Reihe Städteforschung; Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für vergleichende Städtegeschichte in Münster, Reihe A, Band 62, Städtelandschaft; Städte im regionalen Kontext in Spätmittelalter und früher Neuzeit, herausgegeben von Holger Th. Gräf und Katrin Keller, Bölau Verlag, Köln-Weimar-Wien, 2004, pp 171-184.
"Integration of immigrating merchants in Trondheim in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries." Research in maritime history(38). 2008.
Children in orphanage – between religion and industriousness, Wiener Zeitschrift zur Geschichte der Neuzeit, 8. Jahrgang 2008 Heft 1, s. 34-48.
Industriousness and development of the school-system in the eighteenth century: the experience of norwegian cities, History of Education, vol. 40, no. 4, July 2011, 425-446. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0046760X.2011.558120
'All of my remaining property I donate to the poor...': institutions for the poor in Norwegian cities during the eighteenth century, Scandinavian economic history review, publ. online 30. jan. 2014, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03585522.2013.873736

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Bull, Ida; Eliassen, Knut Ove; Røskaft, Merete; Supphellen, Steinar. (2014) Trondheim, 1814. Fagbokforlaget. 2014. ISBN 978-82-321-0395-9.

Postal address

Department of Historical Studies Norwegian University of Science and Technology 7491 Trondheim Norway