Hartmut Lehmann

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Hartmut Lehmann (born April 29, 1936 in Reutlingen ) is a German historian .

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After attending school in Talheim near Tuttlingen, Wilhelmsdorf, Calw, Nagold and in Cortland, New York (as an exchange student in 1952/53), the son of a teacher and a painter began studying history, English, German, political science and philosophy in Tübingen from 1955 . In 1956 he went to Vienna and Bristol for one semester each, and then back to Tübingen. From 1957 to 1959 he completed his studies with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Vienna, where he received his doctorate with Hugo Hantsch with a thesis on the First World War. He then became a research assistant to Adam Wandruszka at the University of Cologne and completed his habilitation there in 1967. After two years as a private lecturer in Cologne, interrupted by a visiting professorship at the University of California, Los Angeles and a research stay at the University of Chicago , he became 1969 appointed to a chair at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel . During his time there, he went to Australia ( Australian National University in Canberra) and the USA (Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University and Harvard) as visiting professor and researcher .

In 1987 Lehmann moved to the newly founded German Historical Institute in Washington DC as founding director. In 1992 he became one of the two directors of the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen , but remained director of the DHI Washington until 1993.

In 1999 the University of Basel awarded him the Dr. theol. hc He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences . He taught as an honorary professor at the Universities of Kiel and Göttingen . In 2004 he retired. Since then he has held visiting professorships at Emory University in Atlanta, Dartmouth College , the University of California at Berkeley , Pennsylvania State University and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2017 the University of Lund and the University of Helsinki awarded him the Dr. theol. hc He has been living in Kiel again since 2005.

Lehmann deals with wide-ranging historical topics, in addition to the early modern era as well as contemporary history, especially under transnational aspects.

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  • Austria-Hungary and the Belgian question in the First World War. 1959 (dissertation, University of Vienna, 1959).
  • Pietism and secular order in Württemberg from the 17th to the 20th century. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart et al. 1969, (habilitation thesis, University of Cologne, 1967).
  • The age of absolutism. Divine grace and war distress (= Christianity and society. Vol. 9). Kohlhammer, Stuttgart et al. 1980, ISBN 3-17-005813-4 .
  • Martin Luther in the American Imagination (= American Studies. Vol. 63). Fink, Munich 1988, ISBN 3-7705-2478-0 .
  • Old and new world from a mutual perspective. Studies on transatlantic relations in the 19th and 20th centuries (= publications by the Max Planck Institute for History. Vol. 119). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1995, ISBN 3-525-35433-9 .
  • Max Weber's “Protestant Ethics”. Contributions from the perspective of a historian (= Kleine Vandenhoeck series. 1579). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen, 1996, ISBN 3-525-33575-X .
  • Protestant worldviews. Transformations since the 17th century. Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1998, ISBN 3-525-01373-6 .
  • Protestant Christianity in the process of secularization. Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, ISBN 3-525-36250-1 (Review: Harm Klueting : Secularized? Hartmut Lehmann on Protestant Christianity. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . April 3, 2002).
  • Secularization. The European special path in matters of religion (= building blocks for a European religious history in the age of secularization. Vol. 5). Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen 2004, ISBN 3-89244-820-5 (2nd, expanded edition, ibid 2007, ISBN 978-3-89244-820-4 ).
  • Transformations of Religion in Modern Times. Examples from the history of Protestantism (= publications by the Max Planck Institute for History. Vol. 230). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-525-35885-6 .
  • The disenchantment of the world. Studies on topics by Max Weber (= building blocks for a European religious history in the age of secularization. Vol. 11). Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen 2009, ISBN 978-3-8353-0456-7 .
  • Religious awakening in times far from God. Studies on Pietism research (= building blocks for a European religious history in the age of secularization. Vol. 12). Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen 2010, ISBN 978-3-8353-0597-7 .
  • Christianity in the 20th century. Questions, problems, perspectives (= church history in individual representations. 4: Recent church history. 9). Evangelische Verlags-Anstalt, Leipzig 2012, ISBN 978-3-374-02500-8 .
  • Luther Memorial 1817 to 2017 (= Refo500. Vol. 8). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen et al. 2012, ISBN 978-3-525-55039-7 .


  • with Otto Gerhard Oexle : National Socialism in the Cultural Studies. 2 volumes. Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 2004;
    • Volume 1: Subjects, milieus, careers (= publications of the Max Planck Institute for History. Volume 200). 2004, ISBN 3-525-35198-4 ;
    • Volume 2: Key concepts - Interpretation patterns - Paradigm struggles. Experiences and transformations in exile (= publications by the Max Planck Institute for History. Vol. 211). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2004, ISBN 3-525-35862-8 .
  • with Andreas W. Daum and James J. Sheehan : The Second Generation. Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians. With a Biobibliographic Guide. New York 2016, ISBN 978-1-78238-985-9 .


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