Dr Mary Hilson

Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian History

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Mary Hilson, Pirjo Markkola and Ann-Catrin Östman, eds., Co-operatives and the Social Question: The co-operative movement in northern and eastern Europe (1880-1950). Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2012.

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Email m.hilson@ucl.ac.uk

Tel 020 7679 3184 (internal extension 33184). Office hours Thursdays 14-15.30 (room 2.4, 33-35 Torrington Place)

I was educated at the University of Exeter, and studied as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Economic History, Uppsala University.  I joined the UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies in October 2000.  From January 2009-September 2009 I was visiting researcher at the Centre for Nordic Studies, Renvall Institute, Helsinki University, where I was also attached to the NordForsk Centre of Excellence on The Nordic Welfare State: Historical Foundations and Future Challenges.
Current research

My research interests are in modern Nordic history, especially transnational and comparative social history.  My current research project is concerned with the consumer co-operative movement in Scandinavia, Britain and the rest of Europe during the first half of the twentieth century.  I am particularly interested in transnational contacts between co-operators - the Scandinavian interest in the 'Rochdale model' for example - and in the role of the international co-operative organisations, including Nordisk Andelsforbund and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).

Towards a global history of the consumer co-operative movement

Together with Silke Neunsinger, I am leading a project on the history of consumer co-operation in a global perspective.  The aim of the project is to produce a comparative survey of the history of the consumer co-operative movement, from the nineteenth century onwards, in all regions of the world.  This will take the form of an anthology including chapter-length surveys of co-operative history in as many regions and countries as possible, together with thematic analyses of the transnational connections, processes and entanglements which have shaped co-operative history throughtout the world.  Combined with statistical information and bibliographies, the anthology is intended above all to create a resource for future studies on the co-operative movement.

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Selected publications:

'Transnational networks in the development of the co-operative movement in the early twentieth century: Finland in the Nordic context', in Mary Hilson, Pirjo Markkola and Ann-Catrin Östman, eds., Co-operatives and the Social Question: The Co-operative Movement in northern and eastern Europe (1880-1950) (Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2012), pp. 87-101.

'A Consumers' International? The International Cooperative Alliance and Cooperative Internationalism, 1918-1939: A Nordic Perspective', International Review of Social History, 56 (2011), pp. 203-233.

'The Nordic Consumer Co-operative Movements in International Perspective, 1890-1939', in Risto Alapuro and Henrik Stenius, eds., Nordic Associations in a European Perspective (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2010), pp. 215-240.

(with Jenny Andersson) 'The Image of Sweden', themed issue of Scandinavian Journal of History, 34, 3 (2009).

The Nordic Model: Scandinavia since 1945 (London: Reaktion Books, 2008)

Political Change and the Rise of Labour in Comparative Perspective: Britain and Sweden 1890-1920 (Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2006)


I contribute to undergraduate teaching in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society, and as part of the BA European Social and Political Studies

Undergraduate courses during the academic year 2012-13:

SCAN 7307 Nordic Co-operation

SCAN 7305 Scandinavian Social Democracy

ESPS 2107 Food: Consumerism and Globalisation from Free Trade to Fair Trade

ESPS 2106 Reform or Revolution: European Social Democracy 1870-1930

I welcome enquires from those wishing to pursue postgraduate research in the history of the co-operative movement, in most aspects of modern Nordic history, and also in comparative and transnational labour history .

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