Helmut Neuhaus

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Helmut Neuhaus (born August 29, 1944 in Iserlohn ) is a German historian who researches the early modern period . From 1989 to 2009 he held the chair for Modern History I at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg .

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Helmut Neuhaus studied history, German and philosophy as well as law and political science in Tübingen and Marburg . In 1971 he passed his first state examination for teaching at grammar schools. In 1975 he received his doctorate in Marburg under Gerhard Oestreich in the subjects of Medieval and Modern History, Ancient History and Modern German Literature with the work of the Reichstag and the Supplication Committee. A contribution to the history of the imperial constitution in the first half of the 16th century .

Eleven years later, Neuhaus completed his habilitation in innovation and modern history. This was followed by his appointment as a private lecturer. From 1973 to 1988 he worked as a research assistant and research assistant in Marburg and Cologne . Between 1974 and 1992, numerous teaching positions took him to Millersville (USA), Kassel and Jena, among others . From 1987 to 1988 he represented the professorship for early modern history at the Catholic University of Eichstätt . In 1989 he was offered the chair I for Modern History at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg , which he held until his retirement in 2009. He turned down appointments at the Universities of Bonn (1989) and Leipzig (1996).

Helmut Neuhaus has been a member of the Association for Constitutional History since 1987 , of which he was chairman from 2006 to 2010. He is a member of the Association for Research into Modern History (1992). Since 1998 he has also been a full member of the historical commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences , of which he was secretary from 2006 to 2018. From 2005 to 2007 he was chairman of the “Early Modern Age” working group in the Association of Historians in Germany . For many years he was the editor of the Archives for Cultural History .

Neuhaus' field of work encompasses a wide variety of topics from early modern German history with a special focus on the constitutional history of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation , to whose research he made an important contribution. With Klaus Herbers he published a presentation about the Holy Roman Empire . According to the foreword, the author's concern was to "give an overview of the almost thousand-year history of this Holy Roman Empire, significantly including the locations, and to emphasize the local aspect again and again". At the end of the summer semester of 2009, he gave his farewell lecture on The Golden Bull of 1356 in the Early Modern Age . In 2020 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon . This honored his services to Germany as a science location.


  • Reichstag and Supplication Committee. A contribution to the history of the imperial constitution in the first half of the 16th century (= writings on the history of the constitution. Volume 24). Berlin 1977.
  • The constitutions of the Corps Teutonia in Marburg. Investigations into the constitutional development of a Kösener corps in its 150-year history. Marburg an der Lahn 1979.
  • Religious movements and social upheavals at the turn of the Middle Ages to the modern age (= course: History / Politics. Teaching materials for secondary level II. Ed. By Reiner Pommerin). Düsseldorf 1980.
  • Forms of representation based on imperial estates in the 16th century. Reichstag, Reichskreistag, Reichsdeputationstag (= writings on constitutional history. Volume 33). Berlin 1982.
  • as editor: History in Erlangen (= Erlangen Studies on History. Volume 6). Erlangen 2000.
  • The empire in the early modern period (= encyclopedia of German history . Volume 42). Munich 1997, 2nd edition 2003.
  • Age of Absolutism. 1648–1789 (= German history in sources and presentation . Volume 5). Stuttgart 1997.
  • with Klaus Herbers : The Holy Roman Empire. Scenes from a thousand years of history (843–1806). Cologne et al. 2005, 2nd edition 2006.
  • 150 years of historical commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. A chronicle. Munich 2008.


  • Axel Gotthard , Andreas Jakob, Thomas Nicklas (ed.): Studies on the political culture of old Europe. Festschrift for Helmut Neuhaus for his 65th birthday (= historical research. Volume 91). Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-428-12576-0 .

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  1. Cf. the review of the second edition by Rüdiger Meixner in: Nassauische Annalen. 119, 2008, pp. 573-575; Guntram Koch in: Rottenburger Jahrbuch für Kirchengeschichte 29 (2010), pp. 180–181 ( online ).