Christoph Maria Merki

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Christoph Maria Merki (born September 15, 1960 ) is a Swiss historian .


Merki comes from Lucerne . From 1980 to 1986 he studied history and geography at the University of Bern and graduated with a licentiate . In addition to his studies, he worked as a journalist for the Vaterland (now the Luzerner Zeitung ), as a local editor for the Berner Zeitung and, from December 1986, as an editor of the Bern regional edition of the free newspaper Neues Sonntagsblatt . In 1988/89 he completed studies at the Universities of Münster , Potsdam and Vienna . From 1990 he worked as an assistant at the University of Bern, and in 1991 he received his doctorate there with the dissertation sugar versus saccharin . From 1993 to 1997 he was senior assistant in Bern , and in 1995/96 he also held a teaching position at the University of Basel . From 1997 to 2000 he received a post-doctoral scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation and did archival and study visits to Stuttgart , Paris , Lyon , Munich and Berlin . In 2000/01 he was again senior assistant in Bern. In 2001 he received his habilitation there with the text The bumpy victory march of the automobile . From 2002 to 2005 he held a research professorship at the Liechtenstein Institute in Bendern , and in 2004 he also held a teaching position at the University of Zurich . Between 2005 and 2011 Merki was assistant professor for economic, social and environmental history at the University of Bern, and from 2008 to 2010 also director of the Liechtenstein Institute. Since then he has been working as a freelancer and lives in Liechtenstein.


Merki's work on mobility can be assigned to the historical sociology of traffic . In addition to the history of technology, he includes social and cultural factors in his explanations. For example, Merki refers to cycling and keeping horses as role models for the development of the automobile. The works also deal with the role of women in traffic history.

The history of Switzerland and its neighboring countries is a recurring theme in his work. In addition, Merki repeatedly deals with topics from Liechtenstein .


Fonts (selection)

  • Sugar versus saccharin. On the history of artificial sweeteners. Campus, Frankfurt am Main / New York 1993, ISBN 3-593-34885-3 (= greatly abbreviated and revised dissertation, University of Bern, 1991).
  • with Thomas Hengartner (Ed.): Luxury foods. A handbook on cultural history. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-593-36337-2 . (Also under the title Luxury Foods. Eine Kulturgeschichte. Insel, Frankfurt am Main / Leipzig 2001, ISBN 3-458-34461-6 ).
  • The bumpy triumph of the automobile, 1895–1930. To motorize road traffic in France, Germany and Switzerland. Böhlau, Vienna / Cologne / Weimar 2002, ISBN 3-205-99479-5 (= habilitation thesis, University of Bern, 2001).
  • From the Liechtenstein country chancellery to international financial advice. The law firm Marxer & Partner and the financial center Vaduz. Here and Now, Baden 2003, ISBN 3-906419-51-7 .
  • Liechtenstein economic miracle. The rapid modernization of a small economy in the 20th century. Chronos , Zurich 2007, ISBN 978-3-0340-0883-9 .
  • Transport history and mobility. Ulmer, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-2900-3 .
  • Constantly changing, 1861–2011. Commemorative publication for the 150th anniversary of the Liechtensteinische Landesbank. Liechtensteinische Landesbank, Vaduz 2011, ISBN 978-3-905833-06-5 (online)
  • Liechtenstein goods and rights in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century. On the ownership history of the cross-border Liechtenstein dynasty. (= Liechtenstein-Czech Historical Commission. Volume 5). Zurich / Vaduz 2013, ISBN 978-3-906393-69-8 . (
  • Liechtenstein's Constitution 1992–2003. A source and reading book. Chronos, Zurich / Vaduz 2015, ISBN 978-3-906393-79-7 .
  • Considerations on Liechtenstein history. In: Liechtenstein Institute, Historical Association for the Principality of Liechtenstein (ed.): Researching history - conveying history. Festschrift for the 75th birthday of Peter Geiger and Rupert Quaderer (= Liechtenstein Politische Schriften. Volume 59). Publishing house of the Liechtenstein Academic Society, Bandern 2017, ISBN 978-3-7211-1097-5 . Digitized .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. History very much alive. ( Memento from September 21, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) In: Liechtensteiner Vaterland . November 7, 2009, accessed February 1, 2012.