Baltic studies

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Baltic studies

description German science magazine
Area of ​​Expertise Pomeranian regional history
language German
publishing company Publishing house Ludwig
First edition 1832
Frequency of publication Yearly
Editor-in-chief Jürgen Hamel (spokesman for the editorial team since 2019)
editor Society for Pomeranian History, Archeology and Art V.
ISSN (print)

The Baltic Studies is a scientific journal founded in 1832. They mainly contain scientific articles and contributions on historical, cultural and social events and contexts in the southern Baltic Sea area with a focus on the history of Pomerania . Today it is published annually. The volume of an annual volume has been between around 200 and 400 pages in recent years.

Volumes published

The Baltic Studies were not always published regularly in the past: in a few years no volume was published - the largest gap arose as a result of the Second World War in the period from 1941 to 1954 - and in other years two volumes or supplementary volumes were published as an exception .

When numbering the yearbooks, a distinction is made between the old series (1832–1896) and the new series (from 1897). Often today - for the sake of clarity - both are given; The latest volume 105 of the new series , published in 2020 for 2019, is also volume 151 of the entire series.

Volumes published so far
Year* Volume (Old Series / Complete Series) Volume (new episode)
1832-1896 1-46 -
1897-1940 47-88 1-42
1955-2019 89-151 43-105

* The actual publication date was and is usually in the next calendar year.

Editor and content

The Baltic Studies were founded in 1832 by the Society for Pomeranian History and Archeology as the association's yearbook. The new magazine filled the gap that had arisen with the discontinuation of the New Pomeranian Provincial Papers.

The so-called old series dates to 1896. Each year consisted mostly of up to four issues. By changing the publisher, the New Series was founded in 1897, with which the division into booklets was also discontinued. The last volume before the war was discontinued was Neue Episode 42, which appeared in 1940.

In 1930 the editing was transferred to the State Archives in Szczecin , while the content was fundamentally redesigned. In addition to the essays, an extensive review section and various research reports have now been added, which significantly sharpened the journal's scientific profile.

Since 1955 the Baltic Studies have been supported by the re-established Society for Pomeranian History, Archeology and Art. V. published. Since 1969 the Baltic Studies have also been the communication organ of the Historical Commission for Pomerania , and since 1996 the communication organ of the Working Group on Church History of the Pomeranian Evangelical Church e. V. (since 1997: Working Group for Pomeranian Church History e.V.).

The Baltic Studies have been subtitled Pomeranian Yearbooks for Regional History since 1996 . You are placing yourself in the tradition of the Pomeranian yearbooks , which were published by the former Rügisch-Pomeranian History Association .


1. Old series

2. New episode


The first volume was published by Morin, the second already by Hessenland, both publishers from Szczecin. In the following decades the publishers changed several times, mostly on commission sales. In addition to Hessenland, the bookshops Nicolai and Hercke & Lebeling also sold the magazine. In 1897 she moved to Leon Sauniers, where she remained until she was hired in 1940.

From 1955 to 1978 the Baltic Studies were published by the Christoph von der Ropp publishing house in Hamburg and Göttingen, and from 1979 to 2002 by the N. G. Elwert publishing house in Marburg. They have been published by Ludwig Verlag in Kiel since 2003 .


  • Wolfgang Dahle: The first edition of the Baltic Studies appeared 175 years ago . In: Pomerania. Journal for Culture and History , Issue 3/2007, ISSN  0032-4167 , p. 48. Reprinted in: Die Pommersche Zeitung . No. 16/2013, p. 14.
  • Wilhelm Steffens : The history of the “Pomeranian Provincial Papers” and the origin of the “Baltic Studies” . In: Baltic Studies . Volume 40 NF (1938), pp. 232-259.

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