Eino Jutikkala
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Eino Jutikkala

In addition to the by now classical status of his research, Eino Jutikkala is remembered for the work he did for various learned societies. He was ubiquitous. Jutikkala was known for his brisk pace and with larger projects he usually worked as an editorial secretary to speed up the collective writing process. Jutikkala lived long enough to have an influence on many contemporary historians’ lives and the direction of historiography, presenting the past with a greater emphasis on social and cultural trends.

Eino Jutikkala

Eino Kaarlo Ilmari Jutikkala (until 1931 Rinne)
Born October 24, 1907, Sääksmäki. Died  December 22, 2006, Helsinki.

Master of Arts, 1928, Licentiate and Doctor of Philosophy (History) 1932, University of Helsinki

Professor of Finnish History, 1954–1974, University of Helsinki
Vice-Dean, 1960–66 and Dean 1966–1969, Division of History and Philology, University of Helsinki
Chairman, Local History Office, 1949–1954
Station Head, State Communication Office, 1941–1944

Chairman, Historical Association, 1934–1946
Chairman, International Committee for historiography, Finnish branch

Board Member, Swedish-Finnish Cultural Fund, 1960–1971
Associate Member, 1938, Member 1946, President, 1968–1970 and Honorary Member, 1996, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

Academician, 1972
Honorary Member, Finnish Cultural Fund, 1973
Honorary Doctor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Helsinki, 1956
Honorary Doctor, Helsinki School of Economics, 1966
Honorary Doctor, University of Stockholm, 1966

Honorary Doctor, University of Tampere, 1985
Riemukunniatohtori (Honorary title awarded 50 years after gaining a doctoral degree), University of Helsinki, 2006

Photo: Antti Taskiainen 1955. SKS, Kirjallisuusarkisto
Written by Tero Juutilainen
Translated by John Calton

Eino Jutikkala graduated from a Finnish lyceum school in Turku in 1926 and went on to continue his studies at the University of Helsinki. His main interest at that time was not history, but rather a career in statistics. He spent the first years studying economics and his aim appears…

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Eino Jutikkala’s work as a historical research was conducted at a rapid pace, but always careful and conscientious. He was usually the first one in the team to be ready and often well before the deadline. He is said to have published more by the age of thirty than…

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