Gerrit Walther

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Gerrit Walther (born February 15, 1959 in Kiel ) is a German historian .

Gerrit Walther studied literature, history and philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main from 1980 to 1986 , while also completing an editorial training course at a daily newspaper. His most important academic teachers were Ulrich Muhlack and Notker Hammerstein . From 1987 to 1997 Walther was a research assistant in Frankfurt. In 1992 he received his doctorate in Frankfurt am Main with the work on the historian and politician Barthold Niebuhr , supervised by Ulrich Muhlack . The second and third reviewers of the work were Notker Hammerstein and Lothar Gall . In the summer of 1993 Walther was awarded the Friedrich Sperl Prize of the Association of Friends and Supporters of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main eV. In 1997, he completed his habilitation in Frankfurt am Main with a thesis on the abbot of Fulda, Balthasar von Dernbach . In Frankfurt am Main he also taught as a private lecturer in modern history. In 2000/2001 Walther was a substitute professor for early modern history at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen . Since 2002 he has been teaching in the successor to Hartwig Brandt as Professor of Early Modern History at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal . In October 2008 he became dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies.

In 2006 Walther became a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences . He has been a member of the historical commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences since 2008 , and in 2012 he was elected president of the commission to succeed Lothar Gall. On March 8, 2017, he was confirmed in office for another five years. In 2012, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences elected him as its corresponding member.

Walther's main research interests are the general history of the denominational age, the French history of the early modern period, the history of humanism and European education, the history of history and classical antiquity, the nobility and court culture of the early modern period. Walther was the specialist editor for education in the Encyclopedia of the Modern Era and is a specialist representative for the early modern period on the editorial board of the historical journal .



  • Julius Maria Becker 1887–1949. A poet between the world wars. Battert, Baden-Baden 1989, ISBN 3-87989-160-5 .
  • Niebuhrs research (= Frankfurt historical treatises. Vol. 35). Steiner, Stuttgart 1993, ISBN 3-515-06369-2 (also: Frankfurt (Main), University, dissertation, 1991).
  • Abbot Balthazar's Mission. Political mentalities, Counter-Reformation and a nobility conspiracy in the Fulda Monastery (= series of publications by the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. Vol. 67). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 2002, ISBN 3-525-36060-6 (at the same time: Frankfurt (Main), University, habilitation paper, 1997) ( digitized version ).


  • with Notker Hammerstein: Ulrich Muhlack: State system and historiography. Selected essays on humanism and historicism, absolutism and the Enlightenment (= historical research. Vol. 83). Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2006, ISBN 978-3-428-12025-3 .
  • with Michael Maaser : Notker Hammerstein: History as Arsenal. Selected essays on the empire, court and universities of the early modern period (= series of publications of the Frankfurt University Archives. Vol. 3). Wallstein, Göttingen 2010, ISBN 978-3-8353-0798-8 .


  • Gerrit Walther. In: Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Yearbook 2012 , Munich 2013, pp. 203–204.
  • Matei Chihaia, Georg Eckert (ed.): Colossal miniatures. Festschrift for Gerrit Walther. Aschendorff, Münster 2019, ISBN 3-402-13411-X .

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