The making of modern museums will be interpreted as part of a complex cultural negotiation of European modernization and nation-making. The varied structure of Nordic national museums will be explained as related to various challenges and path taken to meet them in each nation-making project. They will in turn be placed in a wider European context based on the extensive comparative research made in Eunamus (European National Museums: Identity Politics, the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen) http://www.ep.liu.se/eunamus/. The capacity to perform that institutional and cultural negotiation is a decisive factor in the political culture and relative success of the modernization process. Later research in European programmes following Eunamus, like MeLa, Traces, CoHere and UNREST will be mentioned to inspire further research.
Peter Aronsson is PhD in history, Lunds University 1992. His dissertation dealt with the historic conditions for creating a durable democratic culture. The role of historical narrative and consciousness to direct action has been focused in recent research both as regards historiography proper and the uses of the past in the historical culture at large. He has co-ordinated several international projects exploring the uses of the past in National Museums and participates in a large project on historical consciousness, exploring the general concept of history. See Eunamus, Histcon and Nordic Spaces. Among his recent publications are together with Simon Knell and A. Amundsen, (eds). National Museums. Studies from around the World. (London: Routledge, 2010); with Lizette Gradén, (eds.). Performing Nordic heritage. Everyday practices and institutional culture. (Burlington: Ashgate, 2013) and with Gabriella Elgenius (eds.). National Museums and Nation-building in Europe 1750-2010. Mobilization and legitimacy, continuity and change. (London, Routledge, 2015).