Duncker & Humblot

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Duncker & Humblot GmbH
legal form GmbH
founding 1798
Seat Berlin , Germany
management Florian R. Simon
Branch Science publisher and magazine publisher
Website www.duncker-humblot.de

Duncker & Humblot is in Berlin-Steglitz -based academic publisher , which the publication of scientific literature (theses, monographs, collection and conference proceedings) in the fields of law and political science , economic and social sciences , history , political science , literature and philosophy specializes .

Publishing house in Berlin-Steglitz


Heinrich Frölich founded a publishing bookstore in Berlin in 1798 after having acquired the Berlin privilege from the bookseller Friedrich Vieweg . Frölich began his publishing activities with the magazine Athenaeum , which was edited by the brothers August Wilhelm Schlegel and Friedrich Schlegel with the collaboration of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Novalis .

Carl Duncker and Peter Humblot took over the business in 1809 - after Frölich's death - and continued it under the name Duncker & Humblot. Their successors, Carl Geibel and Son , moved the publishing house to Leipzig in 1866 . In the signet that the publisher has had since 1867, a wing-swinging eagle holds a sheet of paper with the Latin motto Vincit Veritas (Truth wins) in its claws .

Leading authors and philosophers of the late Goethe period were part of the Duncker & Humblot publishing program at the beginning of the 19th century, such as Heinrich Beitzke , Wilhelm Wachsmuth and Karl Friedrich Becker . After the takeover by Geibel, Duncker & Humblot was considered the most important German publisher for historical literature. Multi-volume compilations became increasingly characteristic. Leopold von Ranke was the most important author of the publishing house, who published exclusively there from 1827, a Ranke complete edition in 54 volumes appeared from 1857 to 1890. Other important authors of this phase were Ernst Bernheim , Karl Wilhelm Nitzsch and Wilhelm von Giesebrecht .

From 1915 to 1933 the lawyer Ludwig Feuchtwanger - brother of the writer Lion Feuchtwanger  - was the scientific director of the publishing house. The contacts to Carl Schmitt date from this time . In 1922, Munich became the headquarters of the publishing house, whose owners changed in 1938: The new owner, Johannes Broermann , moved the headquarters back to Berlin, where they moved into a listed building on the Fichtenberg from 1878, designed by Georg Toebelmann .

The Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) has been published by Duncker & Humblot since 1953 . After Johannes Broermann's death (1984), Norbert Simon became the sole managing partner. In 2002 Florian Simon joined the management. From 2002 Norbert Simon held 51% and Florian Simon 49% of the shares in the GmbH . Norbert Simon died on May 30, 2013.

The publisher came under fire in 2013 for having published an Oswald Spengler biography by Sebastian Maaß . Maaß was accused of a lack of scientific and political neutrality. The publisher then took the book out of the offer. Lothar Kettenacker also criticized the publication of the Ribbentrop biography by the historical revisionist author Stefan Scheil . The fact that one embarks on such a “work” is “both remarkable and extremely dubious. It suggests that even in the educated middle class there are still many yesterday who come into question as readers and make such a project appear commercially interesting. "


Among the first authors of the publishing house were u. a. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , ETA Hoffmann and Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué . Well-known scientists published by Duncker & Humblot include:

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg's dissertation , which was the subject of his plagiarism affair and was the subject of nationwide media coverage, was also published by the publisher.

Series publications

Numerous series and yearbooks appear at Duncker & Humblot , e. B .:

  • Public law publications (SÖR)
  • Writings on constitutional history (VG)
  • Criminal Treaties. New episode (SRA)
  • Series of publications by the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Series S: Criminal Law Research Reports (MPIS)
  • Scientific treatises and speeches on philosophy, politics and intellectual history (PPG)
  • German Yearbook of International Law / Yearbook for International Law (GYIL)
  • Contributions to political science (BPW)
  • Heidegger Studies / Heidegger Studies / Etudes Heideggeriennes


The following legal and political science journals are published by Duncker & Humblot:

from the field of economics and social science:

as well as the historical periodicals:

The publisher also offers its publications as electronic journals .



  • Duncker & Humblot publishing catalog in Leipzig. 1798-1882 . [Brockhaus], [Leipzig] [1882]. (Digitized edition at: urn : nbn: de: s2w-8194 )
  • Norbert Simon (ed.): Duncker & Humblot. Publishing bibliography 1798–1945 . Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-428-09800-5 (therein also: The corporate history of the Duncker & Humblot publishing house from its founding in 1798 to the present day on pp. 9–68).

reference books

  • Duncker & Humblot. In: Klaus Siebenhaar (Ed.): Kultur-Handbuch Berlin. Past & Present from A-Z . 3rd revised edition. Bostelmann & Siebenhaar, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-936962-12-X , p. 502.
  • Duncker & Humblot GmbH, Berlin. In: Reinhard Würffel (Red.): Würffels Signete-Lexikon. Over 4500 German-language publishers, 11000 logos . Grotesk Verlag, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-9803147-3-2 , p. 399.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Martin Nissen: Popular historiography: historians, publishers and the German public (1848-1900) . Böhlau, Cologne 2009, p. 96 f.
  2. ^ Curt Vinz, Günter Olzog (ed.): Documentation of German-language publishers . 8th edition. Olzog, Munich / Vienna 1983, p. 113.
  3. ^ Obituaries from the family and the publisher. In: Tagesspiegel , June 8, 2013, p. 28.
  4. Review by Volker Weiß about the Spengler book by Maaß .
  5. Press release of the publisher, December 18, 2013, accessed on February 9, 2014.
  6. ^ Lothar Kettenacker : Stefan Scheil, Ribbentrop. Or: the lure of the national awakening. A political biography. Berlin, Duncker & Humblot 2013 . In: Historical magazine . Volume 299, Issue 3, pp. 852-854.
  7. ^ Schriftenreihen , Duncker & Humblot, accessed April 28, 2014.
  8. heidegger.org ( Memento of the original from February 20, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.heidegger.org
  9. ^ Journals , Duncker & Humblot, accessed April 28, 2014.
  10. ^ Electronic publications , Duncker & Humblot, accessed April 28, 2014.

Coordinates: 52 ° 27 ′ 26.3 "  N , 13 ° 18 ′ 40.3"  E