Hans-Werner Goetz

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Hans-Werner Goetz (born July 16, 1947 in Gelsenkirchen ) is a German historian .


From 1969 to 1974, Hans-Werner Goetz studied history and English at the Ruhr University in Bochum . In 1976 he received his doctorate in Bochum under Franz-Josef Schmale with the thesis "Dux" and "Ducatus". Conceptual and constitutional studies on the emergence of the so-called “younger” tribal duchy at the turn of the ninth to the tenth century . In 1981 he completed his habilitation with a study of Otto von Freising's image of history . From 1976 to 1986 he was a research assistant at the Ruhr University in Bochum. From 1986 to 1990 a temporary professorship at the University of Bochum followed. From 1990 to 2012 he taught as a professor for medieval history at the Department of History at the University of Hamburg . One of his most important academic students is Steffen Patzold , Professor of Medieval History at the University of Tübingen. His successor as Professor of Medieval History in Hamburg was Philippe Depreux in the 2013/14 winter semester .

Goetz has been Vice President since October 10, 1990 and President of the "Medium Aevum Quotidianum" society in Krems since December 20, 1995. From 1993 to 1997 Goetz was a member of the advisory board of the Medievalist Association as a representative of history. From 1997 to 2001 Goetz was Vice President and from March 2001 to March 2007 President of the Medievalist Association. In the academic year 2012/13 he held the 23rd Wolfgang Stammler visiting professorship at the University of Friborg (Switzerland). In 2013 he became a member of the Academia Europaea .


With his work on the conceptual history of the Middle Ages, Hans-Werner Goetz established his own field of research in German-speaking Medieval Studies . As early as 1979 he gave this research approach a theoretical foundation. Since then, the history of ideas has steadily gained in importance in Germany as well, since the question of the ideas, perceptions and interpretations of medieval contemporaries ( histoire des représentations [mentales] in the wake of the Annales school ) has long been part of the self-evident repertoire of international medieval studies. Goetz himself has worked out the opportunities for knowledge of this historical perspective for numerous topics: Fundamental are his studies on medieval historical awareness , on the ideas of the political order and on ethnogenesis ; In addition, he re-examined a large number of individual topics from the point of view of the history of ideas, not only 'classic' areas of research (such as the early medieval nobility , the peasants or the royal ideal), but also new fields, such as women's and gender history at an early stage , the medieval naming, or the contemporary ideas of lies, self-discipline, strangers and time.

His research as well as his work as President of the Medievalist Association are also characterized by interdisciplinary cooperation and international exchange. Goetz has played a leading role in large interdisciplinary and international research projects, including the transformation of the Roman world , the statehood of the medieval empires, the elites of the early Middle Ages and the relationship between naming and society in the early Middle Ages.

Goetz is the editor of the scientific series “Orbis mediaevalis. Imaginary worlds of the Middle Ages ”at Akademie-Verlag Berlin, together with Wilfried Hartmann , Peter Segl and Helmut G. Walther . Since 1996, as a board member, he has been co-editor of the journal of the Medievalist Association "Das Mittelalter" and since 1997 editor of the bilingual series of sources "Selected Sources on German History" (Freiherr vom Stein Memorial Edition) of the Scientific Book Society Darmstadt, until 2001 together with Franz-Josef Narrow.

For the period from 2009 to 2012, Goetz mainly worked on the research project The Perception of Other Religions in the Early and High Middle Ages ( ERC project "Advanced Grants"). He was exempted from teaching until the end of the summer semester 2011 and was represented by Alheydis Plassmann and Volker Scior.



  • "Dux" and "Ducatus". Conceptual and constitutional studies on the emergence of the so-called “younger” tribal duchy at the turn of the ninth to the tenth century. Brockmeyer, Bochum 1977, ISBN 3-921543-66-5 (also: Bochum, Univ., Diss., 1976).
  • The theology of history of Orosius (= impulses of research. Vol. 32). Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1980, ISBN 3-534-08325-3 .
  • Structures of the late Carolingian era reflected in the ideas of a contemporary monk. An interpretation of the "Gesta Karoli" Notkers from St. Gallen. Habelt, Bonn 1981, ISBN 3-7749-1778-7 .
  • Otto von Freising's view of history. A contribution to the historical world of imagination and the history of the 12th century (= archive for cultural history. Supplement 19). Böhlau, Cologne et al. 1984, ISBN 3-412-05983-8 (also: Bochum, Univ., Habil.-Schr., 1981/82).
  • Life in the Middle Ages. From the 7th to the 13th century. Beck, Munich 1986, ISBN 3-406-31556-9 .
  • History seminar. Middle Ages (= university paperbacks 1719 history ). Ulmer, Stuttgart 1993, ISBN 3-8252-1719-1 (3rd revised edition, ibid 2006).
  • Women in the early Middle Ages. Image and life of women in the Franconian Empire. Böhlau, Cologne et al. 1995, ISBN 3-412-07795-X .
  • together with Gerd Althoff and Ernst Schubert : People in the shadow of the cathedral. News from the Middle Ages. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1998, ISBN 3-534-14221-7 .
  • Historiography and historical awareness in the high Middle Ages (= Orbis mediaevalis. Vol. 1). Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-05-003221-9 .
  • Modern Medieval Studies. Status and perspectives of medieval research. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1999, ISBN 3-534-14121-0 .
  • Europe in the early Middle Ages. 500-1050 (= Handbook of the History of Europe. Vol. 2 = UTB 2427 History ). Ulmer, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-8001-2790-3 .
  • God and the world. Religious Concepts of the Early and High Middle Ages. Part 1, Volume 1: The image of God (= Orbis mediaevalis. Vol. 13, 1). Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-05-005133-8 .
  • God and the world. Religious Concepts of the Early and High Middle Ages. Part 1, Volume 2: II. The material creation. Cosmos and world. III. The world as a salvation event (= Orbis mediaevalis. Volume 13.2), Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-05-005684-5 .
  • The perception of other religions and Christian-occidental self-image in the early and high Middle Ages. Akademie Verlag, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-05-005937-2 (Volume 1) and ISBN 978-3-05-005937-2 (Volume 2).
  • God and the world. Religious Concepts of the Early and High Middle Ages. Part I, Volume 3: IV. The creatures: angels, devils, people (= Orbis mediaevalis. Volume 16). V&R Unipress, Göttingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-8471-0581-7 .

Editorships and editions

  • together with Dieter Berg : Historiographia mediaevalis. Studies of historiography and source studies of the Middle Ages. Festschrift for Franz-Josef Schmale on his 65th birthday. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1988, ISBN 3-534-10255-X .
  • together with Dieter Berg: Ecclesia et Regnum. Contributions to the history of church, law and state in the Middle Ages. Festschrift for Franz-Josef Schmale on his 65th birthday. Winkler, Bochum 1989, ISBN 3-924517-24-X .
  • Female lifestyle in the early Middle Ages. Böhlau, Cologne et al. 1991, ISBN 3-412-08190-6 .
  • together with Karl-Wilhelm Welwei : Old Germania. Excerpts from ancient sources about the Germanic peoples and their relationship to the Roman Empire. Sources of ancient history up to the year 238 AD (= Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gedächtnisausgabe. Selected sources on German history in the Middle Ages. Vol. 1a). 2 volumes. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1995, ISBN 3-534-05958-1 .
  • together with Jörg Jarnut and Walter Pohl , with the assistance of Sören Kaschke: Regna and Gentes. The Relationship between Late Antique and Early Medieval Peoples and Kingdoms in the Transformation of the Roman World (= The Transformation of the Roman World. Vol. 13). Brill, Leiden et al. 2003, ISBN 90-04-12524-8 .
  • together with Jörg Jarnut: Medieval Studies in the 21st Century. Status and perspectives of international and interdisciplinary research on the Middle Ages (= Medieval Studies of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on the Middle Ages and its aftermath. Vol. 1). Fink, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-7705-3888-9 .
  • with the assistance of Simon Elling: Konrad I. On the way to the "German Reich"? Winkler, Bochum 2006, ISBN 3-89911-065-X .


  • Hans-Werner Goetz: history of ideas. Collected writings on perceptions, interpretations and ideas in the Middle Ages. Edited by Anna Aurast, Simon Elling, Bele Freudenberg , Anja Lutz and Steffen Patzold . Publishing house Dr. Dieter Winkler, Bochum 2007, ISBN 978-3-89911-087-6 .
  • Steffen Patzold, Anja Rathmann-Lutz, Volker Scior (eds.): Historical presentations . Images, texts and terms from the Middle Ages. Festschrift for Hans-Werner Goetz on his 65th birthday. Böhlau, Vienna 2012, ISBN 978-3-412-20898-1 .

Web links


  1. Hans-Werner Goetz: "History of ideas": Human ideas and opinions as a dimension of the past. Comments on a more recent field of historical studies as a contribution to a methodology of source evaluation. In: Archives for cultural history. Vol. 61, 1979, pp. 253-271.