Research Project: The Nordic Household State: Variations upon a Theme by Luther

Project leader
Urban Claesson
Project Members
Gorm Harste, Statsvetenskaplig Århus universitet
Karin Hassan Jansson, Historisk Uppsala universitet
Bo Kristian Holm, Teologisk Århus universitet
Nina Javette Koefoed, Historisk Århus universitet
Project Period
Project Status
Sweden-Finland and Denmark-Norway were characterized by an unusually high degree of mono-confessionalism. Later these Scandinavian countries became advanced welfare democracies. As the household, characterized by mutual obligations, was such an important theme in early modern Lutheranism, it is remarkable that we are still waiting for a solid empirically-based analysis of the Nordic model as an expression of the Lutheran household. This project wants to deliver such a contribution. We are searching for explanations in the period where Lutheran theology was essential in the creation of strong household states in both countries during the 17th Century. Two sub-projects aim to reveal how imaginaries of the household worked in education and legal disputes. Two other sub-projects focus upon the two household states from a more overarching theological and ideological point of view. The project analyzes the household as a synchronizing force at different levels of society. The project has further significance in that it highlights the Evangelical-Lutheran form of society in a dialogue with international research in the footsteps of Weber and his interest in the Calvinist form of Protestantism. By systematically comparing two mono-confessional states we explore the significance of the Lutheran heritage in a new way.
Hushållsstat, komparation, undervisning, fjärde budet, katekesutvecklingar, Nordic Household State, Lutheran Legacy, Nordic Comparisons, Education, The Fourth Commandment, Developments of Luther´s Small Catechism
Research Profile
Education and Learning
Religious Studies
Political Science
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond