Odd-Bjørn Fure

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Odd-Bjørn Fure (born 5 March 1942) is a Norwegian historian and political scientist.

He was born at Stadlandet, and was a brother of politician Julius Fure (1931–2006).[1] His main studies were in comparative politics,[citation needed] but he switched field with a 1983 doctoral thesis on the history of the Norwegian labour movement between 1918 and 1920.[1][2] He had not previously studied history.[1]

After having had several positions, Fure became professor in modern history at the University of Bergen from 1998 to 2002. He was then appointed as director of research at the Norwegian Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities. From 2002 to 2004 Fure was editor of Historisk Tidsskrift, a Norwegian journal for scientific historical research.[citation needed] He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[3]

Fure is a specialist in research on genocide, as well as modern German and European history. In 1997 Fure engaged in the Norwegian debate on David Irving against Hans Fredrik Dahl. Dahl would later recall his recommendation of Irving's works, but only after Irving lost his lawsuit against Deborah Lipstadt.


  1. ^ a b c "Odd-Bjørn Fure". Sogn og Fjordane fylkesleksikon (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Entry in BIBSYS for Mellom reformisme og bolsjevisme. Norsk arbeiderbevegelse 1918–1920: teori og praksis
  3. ^ "Gruppe 1: Historie" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 26 October 2009.