Nils Ivar Agøy

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Who is Nils Ivar Agøy?

Nils Ivar Agøy is a Norwegian historian, theologian, tolkienologist and translator.

He hails from Gjøvik. He took the cand.philol. degree in history at the University of Oslo in 1987, with the master's thesis Kampen mot vernetvangen. Militærnekterspørsmålet i Norge 1885–1922. The thesis chronicled and explained conscientious objection in Norway before 1922. His academic advisor was Jorunn Bjørgum.

Already in 1988 he graduated with the cand.theol. degree in theology at the MF Norwegian School of Theology. Subsequently he was employed as a research fellow in history at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, finishing his dr.philos. degree in history in 1994. His thesis Militæretaten og "den indre fiende" fra 1905 til 1940. Hemmelige sikkerhetsstyrker i Norge sett i et skandinavisk perspektiv explored the military precautions against "inner enemies"—defined as revolutionary segments—between the 1905 Norwegian independence and the Second World War, against a Scandinavian backdrop. His doctoral advisor was Ottar Dahl.

He was appointed as associate professor of modern history at Telemark University College in 1994, and was promoted to professor in 2002. In 2010 he released Kirken og arbeiderbevegelsen, the result of ten years of work. The book explores ties between the Church of Norway and other congregations, and the labour movement in Norway. He concluded that the relations between Christians and labour leaders were less marked by strife and more by cooperation that hitherto believed.

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