Leos Müller

Professor of History, Director of the Centre for Maritime Studies (CEMAS), Stockholm University, Sweden

Leos Müller was born in Czechoslovakia in 1962. He studied history at Charles University, Prague, in 1981-1985. In 1991 he entered PhD studies in history at Uppsala University where he received his PhD degree in 1998. Between 1998 and 2005 he worked as Lecturer in history and postdoctoral researcher at Södertörns högskola and Mitthögskolan, Östersund, Sweden. In 2003 he was appointed Associate Professor of History. Between 2005 and 2010 he was Lecturer in history, Uppsala University, where he also was appointed Professor of History (2010). Since 2010 he is Director of the Centre for Maritime Studies, and since 2011 also Professor of History, Stockholm University.

His major research interests relate to Sweden's foreign trade and shipping in early modern period (1600-1800), Sweden's trade in the Mediterranean and the diplomatic relations between Sweden and North Africa, the Swedish East India Company, neutrality in maritime context, maritime international order and small states. His latest book on the Swedish consular service and shipping in southern Europe and the Atlantic (2004) has been well received and broadly reviewed. He is engaged in the debate about global history in Scandinavia and recently he edited text book on global history from a Nordic periphery (2009).  He is currently working on a Scandinavian eighteenth-century shipping and the early modern concepts of neutrality. 

As Director of the Centre for Maritime Studies Leos Müller has been engaged in development of the field of maritime studies in Sweden, in collaboration between museums and Academia. Since 2010 he is leading the Maritime Seminar at Vasa Museum, Stockholm. Moreover, Leos Müller was Editor in Chief of Forum navale (2001-2010), the journal of Swedish Society for Maritime History, and edited a large number of volumes published by this society. Since 2011 he is member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Maritime History.  In 2014 he edited a special issue of Historisk tidskrift ( Sweden) on maritime history. He has been frequently engaged in peer-reviewing and project evaluation  (e.g. Scandinavian Economic History Review Scandinavian Journal of History, Social Science History, Historisk tidskrift, Brill Publishers, MAW, NWO, etc.)

Major publications 

  • The Merchant Houses of Stockholm, c. 1640-1800. A Comparative Study of Early-Modern Entrepreneurial Behaviour. (Uppsala 1998)
  • Consuls, Corsairs, and Commerce. The Swedish Consular Service and Long-distance Shipping, 1720-1815. (Uppsala 2004)
  • Statehood Before and Beyond Ethnicity. Minor States in Northern and Eastern Europe, 1600-2000, co-edited with Linas Eriksonas. (Peter Lang, Brussels, 2005)
  • Kinsei Sueeden no Boueki to shounin. (in Japanese: Trade, Merchants, and Merchant Families in Early-modern Sweden) (Kyoto, 2006) 
  • The Dynamics of Economic Culture in the North Sea- and Baltic Region in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. co-edited with Hanno Brand. (Verloren, Hilversum 2007)
  • Information Flows, New Approaches in the Historical Study of Business Information, co-edited with Jari Ojala (SKS, Helsinki, 2007) 
  • Globalhistoria från periferin. Norden 1600-1850, co-edited with Göran Rydén and Holger Weiss (Studentlitteratur, Lund, 2010)
  • Persistent Piracy. Maritime Violence and State-Formation in Global Historical Perspective. Co-edited with Stefan Eklöf Amirell (Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2014)
  • Historisk tidskrift. Tema Maritim historia 2014/3 (special issue)  co-edited Stefan Lundblad



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