Teemu Keskisarja (b. 1971) is one of the most widely-read Finnish historians, often compared to Antony Beevor and Peter Englund. The topics of his books range from deviant sexual behaviour in antiquity to modern-day banking and finance, from cultural organizations to terrorism and the history of warfare. He has been praised for his thorough archive research, his exploration of previously untapped sources, and especially his storytelling skills. For years his books have topped the lists of best-selling history titles in Finland, and they have received several literary prizes, including the State Award for Information Publication and the Best History Book of the Year award. Keskisarja is adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki.
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