Jurgen John

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Jürgen John (born September 1, 1942 in Arnstadt ) is a German historian with a focus on regional history .

life and work

After studying history and art history at the University of Jena and the University of Halle from 1960 to 1965 , John received his doctorate in 1969 and habilitated ( doctorate B ) in Jena in 1984. He worked as a research assistant at the University of Jena between 1965 and 1985, interrupted by a job at the Berlin Association of Film and Television Workers (1972–1975). From 1985 until its dissolution in 1991, John was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR in Berlin and until 1993 employed by the Coordination and Development Initiative Berlin. John was able to do further research at the University of Jena through the Scientist Integration Program (WIP) until he was appointed to the endowed professorship for modern Central German regional history there in 1995 .

John's research focuses on comparative regional history, the central German historical area and central Germany planning, especially the Thuringian regional history from 1920 to 1952 as well as the more recent Jena city ​​history and university history . His dissertation on the Thuringian arms industry is considered the first regional academic study on National Socialism in the German-speaking area. Among other things, John was the head of the interdisciplinary research project Central Germany (on intellectual regional elites) and the research project The NS Gaue as Mobilization Structures in War (on war-oriented agricultural and armaments policy), both of which were funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Until 2006 John was a member of the Historical Commission for Thuringia . In 2007 he retired and has been researching in Jena ever since. He is co-editor of the series Sources and Contributions to the History of the University of Jena . For the State Center for Civic Education Thuringia , John edited various volumes of the series sources on the history of Thuringia .

Fonts (selection)

A printed bibliography (as of 2007) can be found in: Reinhard Jonscher, Oliver Lemuth, Thomas Pester: List of publications (1965–2007) , in: Monika Gibas , Rüdiger Stutz , Justus H. Ulbricht (eds.): Couragierte Wissenschaft. A commemorative publication for Jürgen John's 65th birthday. Glaux, Jena 2007, pp. 401-408.


  • with Peter Fauser , Rüdiger Stutz and Christian Faludi ( collaborators ): Peter Petersen and the Jenaplan pedagogy. Historical and current perspectives , Steiner, Stuttgart 2012, ISBN 978-3-515-10208-7 .
  • with Michael Grüttner , Rüdiger Hachtmann , Konrad H. Jarausch , Matthias Middell : Broken Science Cultures. University and Politics in the 20th Century. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2010, ISBN 978-3-525-35899-3 .
  • with Christian Faludi (edit.): “Put back everything that divides!” A source edition for the “Wartburg Meeting of the German Student Union Whitsun 1948” in Eisenach , Steiner, Stuttgart 2010, ISBN 978-3-515-09795-6 .
  • with Justus H. Ulbricht: Jena - a national place of remembrance? , Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2009.
  • with Joachim Hendel, Uwe Hoßfeld , Oliver Lehmuth, Rüdiger Stutz (arr.): Paths of Science in National Socialism. Documents on the University of Jena, 1933–1945 , Steiner, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3-515-09006-3 .
  • with Horst Möller , Thomas Schaarschmidt: The NS-Gaue. Regional middle authorities in the centralized “leader state”? Oldenbourg, Munich 2007, ISBN 3-486-58086-8 .
  • with Ralph Jessen : Science and Universities in Divided Germany in the 1960s (=  Yearbook for University History , Volume 8), Steiner, Stuttgart 2005.
  • with Dirk van Laak , Joachim von Puttkamer : Time stories. Miniatures in Lutz Niethammer's manner , Essen 2005.
  • with Uwe Hoßfeld , Oliver Lehmuth, Rüdiger Stutz: " Combative Science". Studies at the University of Jena under National Socialism , Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2003, ISBN 978-3-412-04102-1 .
  • with Reinhard Jonscher, Heinz Mestrup, Axel Stelzner: History in data. Thuringia , Wiesbaden 2003.
  • "Central Germany". Concept - history - construct , Hain-Verlag, Rudolstadt / Jena 2001, ISBN 3-89807-023-9 .
  • with Lutz Heydick and Günther Hoppe: Historical guide - sites and monuments of history in the districts of Erfurt, Gera, Suhl , Urania-Verlag, Leipzig 1978


  • with Rüdiger Stutz: The Jena University 1918–1945 , in: Traditions - Breaks - Changes. The University of Jena 1850–1995 , Böhlau, Cologne [u. a.] 2009, pp. 270-587.
  • The myth of the “spirit that remained pure”: thought patterns and strategies of the intellectual new beginning 1945 , in: Uwe Hoßfeld, Tobias Kaiser, Heinz Mestrup (eds.): University in Socialism. Studies at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (1945–1990) , Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2007.
  • Contemporary history and culture of remembrance. Basic aspects and a case study: The memory landscape Rudelsburg-Saaleck , in: Ramona Myrrhe (Ed.): History as a profession. Democracy and dictatorship. Protestantism and Political Culture. Festschrift for the 65th birthday of Klaus Erich Pollmann , Halle 2005, pp. 121–138.
  • The image of the November Revolution 1918 in the history of politics and history of the GDR , in: Heinrich August Winkler (Ed.): Weimar im Widerstreit. Interpretations of the first German republic in divided Germany (=  series of publications by the Reichspräsident-Friedrich-Ebert-Gedenkstätte Foundation , 10), Oldenburg, Munich 2002, pp. 43–84.


  • Monika Gibas, Rüdiger Stutz, Justus H. Ulbricht (Eds.): Courageous science. A commemorative publication for Jürgen John's 65th birthday. Glaux, Jena 2007, ISBN 978-3-940265-09-8 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Rüdiger Stutz: “Rassebollwerke” and “armaments smiths” of the “Third Reich”. A sketch of the typology of the NS-Gaue in the pre-war years. In: Monika Gibas, Rüdiger Stutz, Justus H. Ulbricht (Ed.): Courageous science. A commemorative publication for Jürgen John's 65th birthday. Glaux, Jena 2007, pp. 44–59, here p. 45.