Jan Eivind Myhre

Jan Eivind Myhre is a Norwegian historian and Professor Emeritus at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo. His field of work is in modern Norwegian and European history from 1800, with a particular emphasis on social history, population history, migration history, urban history and historiography. Myhre has previously published a number of books e.g. Norsk innvandringshistorie (Norwegian immigration history) (2003) and Norsk byhistorie 700-2000 (Norwegian urban history) (2006).

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Contributions to nordics.info

Paul Petter Waldenström (1838 – 1917) preaching a sermon on board S/S Hellig Olav in 1905. Photo: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.

2021.09.08 | The Quick Read, Jan Eivind Myhre, Globalisation

Emigration from Norway, 1830-1920

800,000 Norwegians left their homes and moved to other countries between the years of 1830 and 1920. The majority went to North America, but many travelled to other continents, including Australia and New Zealand, or to South America, elsewhere in Europe, or even to Africa as missionaries.

A drawing of the class division of society, which was published in 'Arbeider-Foreningernes Blad', with Marcus Thrane as editor and publisher, 4 May 1850. Photo: unknown/Arbeiderbevegelsens arkiv og bibliotek.

2021.07.26 | The Quick Read, Jan Eivind Myhre, Democracy

The emergence of Norwegian civil society in the 19th century

Voluntary organisations were a new and important phenomenon in Norway in the nineteenth century and included many different types of associations, unions and clubs. Among other things, they functioned as places to learn about democracy for the wider population.

Gustav Wentzel's painting "Emigrants" from 1903, an iconic depiction of Norwegian emigration. (Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons).

2021.06.09 | The Quick Read, Jan Eivind Myhre, Globalisation, The Borders of the Nordics, University of Oslo

Population movement to and within Norway, 1830-1914

From the 1830s to the 1920s about 800,000 Norwegians emigrated, mostly to America. There is less general awareness of the fact that between 100,000 and 200,000 people immigrated to Norway during the second half of the 19th century. The migrants came largely from Sweden, but also from other parts of Europe. Moreover, the population was on the move…