Armin Kohnle

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Armin Kohnle (born September 13, 1960 in Schwäbisch Hall ) is a German historian and church historian .

Armin Kohnle graduated from high school in Heilbronn in 1980 and studied Middle and Modern History, Ancient History and Protestant Theology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cambridge . In 1988 he passed the state examination. In 1992, with a thesis supervised by Hermann Jakobs on Abbot Hugo von Cluny, he was promoted to Dr. phil. PhD. From 1992 he was a research assistant at the University of Heidelberg. In 1995 he was awarded the Bruno Heck Science Prize. In 2000 he received his habilitation . He then taught as a senior assistant at the Department of History at Heidelberg University and was appointed adjunct professor in 2004. In 2007 he took over the professorship for late Middle Ages and Reformation at the theological faculty of the University of Leipzig . Kohnle has held this chair since 2009. Since 2012 he has been a full member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig.

Kohnle's main research interests are politics, law and the church in early modern Europe, the history of Germany, England and France especially in the early modern period, the south-west German national history, especially the Palatinate and Baden, and the general history of the Reformation. Kohnle gave with Uwe Schirmer on the occasion of the 550th birthday of Elector Friedrich III. von Sachsen published a volume with 22 articles. The anthology goes back to a conference organized by the Historical Commission of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Torgau . The editors assigned the essays to “Personality and Politics”, “Culture and Humanism” and “Piety and Reformation” as three major subject areas.



  • Abbot Hugo von Cluny (1049–1109) (= Francia. Vol. 32). Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1993, ISBN 3-7995-7332-1 (also: Heidelberg, University, dissertation, 1991/92) ( digitized version ).
  • Reichstag and Reformation. Imperial and class religious policy from the beginnings of the Causa Lutheri to the Nuremberg Religious Peace (= sources and research on the history of the Reformation. Vol. 72). Gütersloher Verlags-Haus, Gütersloh 2001, ISBN 3-579-01757-8 (also: Heidelberg, University, habilitation paper, 1999/2000).
  • A brief history of the margraviate of Baden. 2nd Edition. Braun, Karlsruhe 2009, ISBN 3-7650-8346-1 .
  • A short history of the Electoral Palatinate. 5th edition. Braun, Karlsruhe 2014, ISBN 978-3-7650-8487-4 .


  • Between science and politics. Studies on German university history. Festschrift for Eike Wolgast for his 65th birthday. Steiner, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-515-07546-1 .
  • 'This is how a' new era 'emerges - the Electoral Palatinate in transition to Baden 1803 [Exhibition in the Kurpfälzisches Museum of the City of Heidelberg, October 19, 2003 to January 18, 2004]. Verlag Regionalkultur, Heidelberg 2003, ISBN 3-89735-241-9 .
  • with Uwe Schirmer: Elector Friedrich the Wise of Saxony. Politics, culture and Reformation (= sources and research on Saxon history. Vol. 40). Steiner, Stuttgart 2015, ISBN 3-515-11282-0 .
  • with Manfred Rudersdorf : Letters and files on the church policy of Frederick the Wise and John the Constant 1513 to 1532. Reformation in the context of the early modern state establishment. 4 volumes. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 2017, ISBN 978-3-374-04960-8
  • Luther's death. Event and effect (= writings of the Luther Memorials Foundation in Saxony-Anhalt. Vol. 23). Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 2019, ISBN 978-3-374-05067-3 .

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  1. See the review by Gabriele Haug-Moritz in: Jahrbuch für Regionalgeschichte 37 (2019), pp. 206-209.