German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages
|German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages|
|Area of Expertise||history|
|publishing company||Böhlau Verlag ( Germany )|
|Sold edition||800 copies|
|editor||Martina Hartmann , Enno Bünz , Claudia Märtl , Marc-Aeilko Aris|
|Article archive||digizeitschriften.de (free)|
The German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages ( DA for short ) is a historical specialist journal specializing in the history of the Middle Ages (period 400 to 1500 AD), which is usually simply referred to as the German Archive . The magazine is the publication organ of Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH), the German Institute for Research into the Middle Ages . The volumes of the German Archives are counted from 1937 onwards, with the journal title up to volume 7 (1944) being German Archives for the History of the Middle Ages . The previous publication was the New Archive of the Society for Older German History (NA), which was counted under this title in 50 years from 1876 to 1935. This had replaced the archive of the Society for Older German History , which had appeared in twelve year volumes from 1820 to 1874. According to the foreword of the editors Karl Brandi , Walther Holtzmann and Wilhelm Engel, the successor magazine to the New Archive wanted to serve not only the “exploration of historical truth” for the first issue, which appeared in 1937, but also the “cultivation of national historical consciousness”.
The magazine is published by the respective President of the MGH in conjunction with other specialist colleagues. The publisher of the magazine was from the beginning the Böhlau Verlag (first in Weimar, later in Cologne). The German Archive "is the oldest general mediaeval journal in the German-speaking area".
In the journal, performing and source-critical studies as well as auxiliary scientific articles are published. An essential part of each volume is a comprehensive overview of newly published relevant literature. The presentation of the literature varies from mere advertisements, occasionally also voluntary reports by authors, to more extensive critical reviews. About half of the part of the review is devoted to reviews of foreign-language works. The contributions appear in German. In the last two decades the emphasis has shifted between essays and miscommunications and the reviews. Due to the international literature production, the volume of the discussion part increased significantly, while the acquisition of suitable manuscripts for the essay part has become more difficult due to the competition from conference proceedings, commemorative publications and other collective publications.
After a printing subsidy from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft was discontinued in 1994, subscription prices were raised and authors' fees canceled. Of the print run of 1,000 copies, around 800 are regularly sold, a third of them abroad. The magazine can be economically viable because it is designed by the MGH employees as part of their state-financed activities. In return, the institute library, for example, benefits from the review copies given to it by MGH employees.
Furthermore, an annual report from the President provides information on the current status of individual MGH projects. All volumes since 1937, except for the current year, which follows with a one-year blocking period, are available for inspection free of charge in DigiZeitschriften .
- Rudolf Schieffer : The German Archive . In: Discussions 3, 2010 ( Scientific journals. Current situation and perspectives ).
- Rudolf Schieffer: The German Archive . In: Discussions 3, 2010, para. 5.
- Karl Brandi, Walther Holtzmann and Wilhelm Engel: For guidance. In: German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages 1 (1937), pp. 1–2. Cf. Nikola Becker: Jewish employees at the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in the 'Third Reich'. Paul Hirsch, Josef Juncker and Erika Sinauer. In: Historisches Jahrbuch 135 (2015), pp. 453–502, here: pp. 458 f.
- Rudolf Schieffer: The German archive . In: Discussions 3, 2010, para. 1.
- Rudolf Schieffer: The German Archive . In: Discussions 3, 2010, para. 3.
- Rudolf Schieffer: The German Archive . In: Discussions 3, 2010, para. 2.
- Rudolf Schieffer: The German Archive . In: Discussions 3, 2010, para. 4.
- Rudolf Schieffer: The German Archive . In: Discussions 3, 2010, para. 6.
- Rudolf Schieffer: The German Archive . In: Discussions 3, 2010, para. 7.