Baltic Historical Commission

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Baltic Historical Commission
purpose Exploring Baltic history
Chair: Matthias Thumser
Establishment date: 1951
Number of members: 105
Website: Commission website

The Baltic Historical Commission (BHK) is a historical commission for the study of Baltic history and was founded in Göttingen in 1951 and emerged from the meetings of Baltic historians that have taken place there since 1947.


The commission has around sixty full, forty corresponding and five honorary members. The corresponding members come mainly from the Baltic states of Estonia , Latvia and Lithuania . Membership takes place by election.

When it was founded, Reinhard Wittram was its chairman . Georg von Rauch became chairman in 1973, Gert von Pistohlkors in 1979 and Matthias Thumser in 2007 . Karsten Brüggemann (Tallinn) is the deputy chairman . The Commission's collection of documents is located at the Herder Institute in Marburg .


The commission publishes three series of publications :

In addition, she participates in the publication of the journal Researches on Baltic History and pursues (as of 2015) twelve research projects, including a number of edition projects.

There are also numerous online publications, including a. Baltic Legal Dictionary and BBLD - Baltic Biographical Lexicon digital .


Web links


  1. ^ Baltic Historical Commission: Baltic Historical Commission. Retrieved April 9, 2020 .