Heinz Dopsch

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Heinz Dopsch (born November 1, 1942 in Vienna , † July 31, 2014 in Dellach, municipality of Maria Wörth am Wörthersee ) was an Austrian historian .

Heinz Dopsch was the grandson of the historian Alfons Dopsch on his father's side and, through his wife, the great-grandson of the historian Julius von Ficker . After graduating from high school in 1960, Dopsch did his military service as a one-year volunteer . From 1961 he studied history and classical philology. With Karl Lechner he received his doctorate in January 1969 on the subject of landlords, manor property and gentry class in Styria 1100–1400 . In 1968/69 he worked for Friedrich Hausmann for the revision of the Styrian document book. From 1969 to 1980 Dopsch was Hans Wagner's assistant at the chair for Austrian history at the University of Salzburg . There he completed his habilitation in medieval history and comparative regional history in 1977 with the thesis Das Erzstift Salzburg in the Middle Ages . In 1980 Dopsch became an associate professor and in 1984 he was appointed to the newly created chair for comparative regional history at the University of Salzburg. In 1997 he turned down a call to the chair for Bavarian history of the Middle Ages and comparative national history at the University of Munich . From 1991 to 1993 he was dean of the humanities faculty at the University of Salzburg. In October 2011 he retired.

Dopsch submitted more than 200 publications. He published some city and local stories with other authors. Of particular importance are the history of Salzburg - city and country , which Dopsch edited together with Hans Spatzenegger in eight volumes from 1981 to 1991 and replaced Hans Widmann's regional history of Salzburg as the standard work, and The History of the City of Salzburg , which he published together with Robert Hoffmann Published in 1996. A brief summary was published by him in 2009 with the Little History of Salzburg . Dopsch was co-editor of a three-volume account of the history of Berchtesgaden . He organized two congresses about the scholar Paracelsus and edited two anthologies. He also published the Festschrift for Kurt Reindel on his 75th birthday on relations between Bavaria and Italy from the 8th to the 15th century. Dopsch researched the structure of the Salzburg diocese and the carantan mission in the 8th and 9th centuries. In 1991 he published an in-depth study on this.

Dopsch has received numerous awards and memberships for his research. From 1988 Dopsch was an extraordinary member of the Commission for Bavarian State History at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and from 1994 a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences . A commemorative publication was dedicated to him on his 58th birthday. Dopsch received the Golden Merit of the State of Salzburg, the Ring of Honor of the City of Salzburg, the Paracelsus Ring of the City of Salzburg and the Honor Cup of the State of Salzburg.

Dopsch was married from 1969. The marriage resulted in two daughters and a son.


Catalog raisonné by Heinz Dopsch 1968–2000: Gerhard Ammerer , Christian Rohr , Alfred Stefan Weiß (eds.): Tradition und Wandel. Contributions to church, social and cultural history. Festschrift for Heinz Dopsch. Verlag für Geschichte und Politik, Munich et al. 2001, pp. 489–506.


  • A short history of Salzburg. Urban and countryside. 3rd, expanded and updated edition. Pustet, Salzburg 2014, ISBN 978-3-7025-0738-1 .
  • with Karl Brunner and Maximilian Weltin : 1122–1278. The countries and the empire. The Eastern Alps in the High Middle Ages (= Austrian history. Volume 3). Ueberreuter, Vienna 1999, ISBN 3-8000-3525-1 .
  • with Robert Hoffmann: History of the City of Salzburg. Pustet, Salzburg 1996, ISBN 3-7025-0340-4 .


  • Bavaria and Italy. Politics, culture, communication (8th – 15th centuries). Festschrift for Kurt Reindel on his 75th birthday (= magazine for Bavarian national history. Volume 18). Beck, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-406-10818-0 .
  • Paracelsus and Salzburg. Lectures at the international congresses in Salzburg and Badgastein on the occasion of the Paracelsus year 1993 (= communications from the Society for Salzburg Regional Studies. Volume 14). Society for Salzburg Regional Studies, Salzburg 1994.
  • From town charter to citizen participation (= annual publication. Salzburg Museum Carolino Augusteum. Volume 33). Salzburg Museum Carolino Augusteum, Salzburg 1987.


Web links


  1. Heinz Dopsch: The Archdiocese of Salzburg and the Alps-Adriatic region in the early Middle Ages with special consideration of the Salzburg Slavic Mission. In: Günther Hödl, Johannes Grabmayer (Hrsg.): Karantanien and the Alps-Adriatic region in the early Middle Ages. Vienna et al. 1993, pp. 101-150.
  2. ^ Walter Pohl: Heinz Dopsch. In: Austrian Academy of Sciences. Almanac 2013/2014, 163/164. Volume, Vienna 2015, pp. 637–644, here: p. 643.
  3. ^ Walter Pohl: Heinz Dopsch. In: Austrian Academy of Sciences. Almanac 2013/2014, 163/164. Volume, Vienna 2015, pp. 637–644, here: p. 644.