Peter Englund


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in Boden, Sweden
April 04, 1957

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Peter Englund (born April 4, 1957 in Boden) is a Swedish author and historian, and a member of the Swedish Academy since 2002.

Englund was born into a military family in Boden and studied caretaking 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 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
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PS om pelargon

Den där pelargonen från min gamla skrivarstuga, som jag bär i famnen nedan och som jag under mina sex år som ständig sekreterare hade på mitt tjänsterum i Börshuset, och under hela denna tid vägrade att blomma, se vad som har hänt med den nu:


2015-09-25 17.43.47


Detta är ett bra exempel på den okonstnärliga tydlighet som bara livet självt kan tillåta sig.


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“When causes are vague and goals uncertain... it becomes necessary to fall back on the bloated and honeyed words of propaganda.”
Peter Englund, The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War

“Fordi man dessuten savnet bly og annet materiale til håndgranater, pleide de russiske soldatene også å kaste steiner, vedtre, råtne røtter og døde katter på svenskene i beleiringsverket nedenunder. Svenskene på sin side pleude å svare med å steinene tilbake. Så nær stod de hverandre. Ved ett tilfelle var kongen selv blitt truffet på skulderen, av en død katt. Svenskene besvarte denne uhyrlige sjikanen med å bombe russerne med håndgranater slik at de sluttet med slike frekkheter for resten av dagen.”
Peter Englund, The Battle that Shook Europe: Poltava and the Birth of the Russian Empire
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