Magnus Mörner

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Magnus Mörner (born March 31, 1924 in Mellösa ; † April 12, 2012 in Mariefred ) was a Swedish count and historian .

Magnus Mörner's father, Birger Mörner , died early. The mother married Göran Mörner , who took on the child and took care of the upbringing. Mörner grew up in Stockholm . He has been an avid stamp collector since childhood. He used encyclopedias to find out about the countries from which the stamps came. He found the history of Paraguay particularly interesting. Mörner received a scholarship in 1947 and traveled with it to Argentina. Shortly before his departure, he met Aare Ruth Puhk (1926–2008), who came from Estonia . She also studied in Stockholm. After Mörner returned from Argentina, both married. He had three children with her. With his wife he went on a research trip to South America in 1950/51. There he conducted research in the archives of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. In 1954 he finished his studies of history at Stockholm University with a doctorate on the political and economic activities of the Jesuits in the Río de la Plata area during the Habsburg era . Mörner became the first director of the Latin America Institute at Stockholm University. His specialization in Latin America made an academic career difficult in his native Sweden. He therefore took on visiting professorships at the University of California, Los Angeles , Cornell University , Columbia University , El Colegio de México , the City University of New York , the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Seville . From 1976 he taught for six years as Mellon Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh . Mörner founded the Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos (AHILA) in Toruń in 1978 . He held leading positions in the international professional associations of the Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos and the Nordic Association for Research on Latin America (NOSALF). In 1982, and therefore very late in his academic career, he was given a chair in modern history at the University of Gothenburg in his own country . In 1990 he retired. Mörner held the Otto von Freising visiting professorship at the Catholic University of Eichstätt in the 1991/92 winter semester . In 1994 he was President of the 48th International Americanist Congress in Stockholm and Uppsala .

In the more than five decades of his work, he submitted more than 500 publications. Most of the papers are in English, Spanish and Swedish. His main areas of work were the Iberian and Atlantic worlds from the early modern period to the 19th century, the history of transatlantic migration as well as the Spanish-Central European-Scandinavian history in the Napoleonic era. In the 1970s and 1980s he wrote numerous studies on Latin American social and agricultural history. An important work from this period was The Andean Past: Land, Societies, and Conflicts published in 1985 . Mörner was considered a pioneer of transatlantic and intra-European scientific cooperation. He played a leading role in international conferences in the Federal Republic of Germany, such as in 1975 at the University of Cologne at the 5th Congress on Emigration to Latin America, in 1983 at the Hamburg-Cologne Conference on State Building in Latin America and in 1999 at a Hamburg Conference on Atlantic History . The Conference on Latin American History honored Mörner with the Distinguished Service Award in 1992. In 1999 he received from the University of Hamburg , the honorary doctorate awarded. The University of Posadas and the University of Szeged also awarded him an honorary doctorate.


  • Bibliography of Magnus Mörner, 1947–2004 Stockholm, Institute of Latin American Studies, 2004.

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  1. Magnus Lundberg. Magnus Mörner (1924-2012). In: Hispanic American Historical Review . 92 (2012), pp. 742–744, here: p. 742 ( online )
  2. ^ Otto von Freising guest professorship
  3. ^ Horst Pietschmann: In memoriam: Magnus Mörner (1924-2012). In: Yearbook of Latin American History. 49 (2012), pp. 9–14, here: p. 9 (accessed from De Gruyter Online).
  4. ^ The Distinguished Service Award