Joachim Whaley

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Joachim Whaley (born September 1954 near London , England ) is an English historian , linguist , author and university professor .


Whaley studied history at Christ's College at Cambridge University and graduated from there in 1975. In 1976 he became a fellow at this college . In 1978 he became a Fellow at Robinson College before becoming a Fellow at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge in 1987 . In 1980 Whaley became a lecturer at the German Department of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML). In 2013 he was appointed professor of German language and thinking at Cambridge University. Since 1981 Whaley has written a number of standard works in his specialist areas, which have been reprinted several times and some of which have been translated into German. His work on the Holy Roman Empire , published in 2012, was translated into German in 2014.

Prizes and awards

  • 1984: Fellow of the Royal Historical Society .
  • 2010: Pilkington Teaching Prize from the University of Cambridge for his achievements in communicating and teaching German history, German thought and German politics.
  • 2013: LittD ( honorary doctorate ) from Cambridge University for his publications on modern German history .
  • 2015: Fellow of the British Academy .


  • Germany and the Holy Roman Empire 1493-1806 , 2 Vols. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England 2012, ISBN 978-0-198731016 .
    • German by Michael Haupt and Michael Sailer: The Holy Roman Empire and its territories . Volume 1: From Maximilian I to the Peace of Westphalia 1493–1648 and Volume 2: From the Peace of Westphalia to the Dissolution of the Empire 1648–1806 . Philipp von Zabern, Darmstadt 2014, ISBN 978-3-8053-4826-3 .
  • The Theory and Practice of Tolerance in Eighteenth-Century Germany pp. 9–26 in Heimo Reinitzer and Walter Sparn (eds.): Belated Orthodoxy : About D. Johann Melchior Goeze (1717–1786) . Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1989, ISBN 3-447-02976-5 . (Wolfenbütteler Forschungen Volume 45, 1989).
  • Religious Toleration and Social Change in Hamburg 1529-1819 . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England 1985. Paperback reprinted in 2002.
    • German: Religious tolerance and social change in Hamburg 1529–1819 . Friedrich Wittig Verlag, Hamburg 1992, ISBN 3-804843522 .
  • as editor: Mirrors of Mortality: Studies in the Social History of Death . Europe, London 1981; New edition: Routledge Revival, London 2011.
  • The Protestant Enlightenment in Germany , pages 106–117 in: Roy Porter and Mikuláš Teich (eds.): The Enlightenment in National Context . Cambridge University Press, New York City 1981, ISBN 0-521237572 .

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Individual evidence

  1. See the reviews by Carl Christian Wahrmann in: Nassauische Annalen 127 (2016), pp. 396–397; Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger : An empire ruled by lots of exceptions. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, December 11, 2014, No. 288, p. 12.