K.H. (Kaarle) Wirta MA

  • PhD student
  • Scandinavian history

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1646
E-Mail: k.h.wirta@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Geschiedenis diversen

Fields of interest

  • Chartered companies
  • Formal Empires - informal networks
  • Scandinavian history
  • Early Modern history
  • Atlantic history
  • Global history


How did free agents react to the creation of colonial monopolies by the Scandinavian states in the Early Modern period? This research is part of Dr. Catia Antunes’ ERC-project 'Fighting Monopolies, Defying Empires 1500-1750: a Comparative Overview of Free Agents and Informal Empires in Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire'."

My part in this research will be tackling the early modern (1600-1750) Scandinavian domains overseas. I will focus on the empires Denmark-Norway and Sweden-Finland. These two empires are connected through trade and politics, and even if they may portray a specific type of monopoly of imperial exploitation (chartered monopolies), they had differences, that affected the way they functioned in a global context.

Curriculum vitae

Academic training

BA and MA in general history Åbo Akademi University, minors pedagogics and social sciences
ERASMUS exchange at Leipzig University (2010-11) African studies & Global studies


  • Swedish – native
  • Finnish – native
  • English – fluent
  • German – fluent

Last Modified: 10-12-2015