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He was educated at the gymnasium of Karlstad and then attended the University of Uppsala, where he earned his master's degree in 1806. In 1803 he had competed successfully for an historical prize offered by the Academy of Sciences at Stockholm.
A trip to England directly after his university days made a great impression on Geijer and gave him political insight into the life of a major European power. A collection of his diaries and letters was published as Geijer I England (1814; Impressions of England). The defeat that Sweden suffered in 1809 through the loss of Finland to Russia led him to rather extreme nationalism. He was one of the founders, in 1811, of the Götiska Förbundet (“Gothic Society”), which aimed at furthering national feeling through historical study. In 1817 Geijer became the professor of history at Uppsala University where he was in close contact with the New Romantic Group, which briefly led him into a political conservatism. His main historical works are Svea likes räfder (1825; “The Annals of the Kingdom of Sweden”) and Svenska folkets history, 3 vol. (1832–36; The History of the Swedes). Geijer’s historical investigations, however, rather than furthering his conservatism, brought him to radically new political ideas: universal suffrage, equal educational opportunities for all, and elimination of poverty.
In the posthumously published philosophical Människans history (1856; “Man’s History”), Geijer interpreted historical events as a combination of tradition and creation. Some of his best poems are those set to his own music and written between 1838 and 1841. They were published in his collected works (1849–55).
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His chief other historical and political writings are his Teckning af Sveriges tillstand 1718-1772 (Stockholm, 1838), and Feodalism och republikanism, ett bidrag till Samhdllsf orfaltningens historia (1844), which led to a controversy with the historian Anders Fryxell regarding the part played in history by the Swedish aristocracy.
During the last ten years of his life, he took an active part in politics, and began to advocate social reform and Liberalism.
He was a member of the Swedish Academy (on seat 14) from 1824. In 1835, he became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Geijer was also a founding member of the Geatish Society.