Johannes Arndt

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Johannes Arndt (born July 10, 1957 in Lage ) is a German historian .

Arndt grew up as the son of a Reformed pastor in Lippe and studied history, chemistry and Protestant theology at the Ruhr University in Bochum after graduating from high school in Blomberg . In 1987 he received his doctorate from Winfried Schulze in Bochum with a thesis on the Lower Rhine-Westphalian Imperial Counts College and its members 1653-1806 .

From 1988 Arndt was Heinz Duchhardt's assistant at the University of Münster , where he completed his habilitation in 1994 with a media-historical study on the links between the Old Empire and the Netherlands during the Eighty Years' War . From 1995 to 1999 he was a research fellow at the Council of Europe exhibition 1648 - War and Peace in Europe . From 2001 to 2007 Arndt was a research associate on the DFG project “Control of rule through the public” , led by Heinz Duchhardt . The journalistic representation of political conflicts in the Holy Roman Empire (1648–1750) ”at the Institute for European History (Mainz) . From 2015 to 2018 Arndt worked with Esther-Beate Körber in the DFG project "Periodical Press in Early Enlightenment (1700–1750) - A Comparison between Germany, France and the Netherlands", which was conducted at the Center for Dutch Studies at the University of Münster under the direction of Friso Wielenga was carried out.

Arndt's focus is on the history of the Old Empire and its international interdependencies, the media history of the early modern period and the regional history of Westphalia- Lippe . Since 2000, Arndt has held lectureships and substitute professorships at the University of Osnabrück , the Humboldt University of Berlin , the University of Vechta , the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf , the Justus Liebig University in Gießen , the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg and the University of Duisburg -Eat inside . He is currently working as an adjunct professor at the Department of History at the University of Münster.

Arndt is a member of the Association for the History of the Reformation , the Wolfenbüttel Working Group for Baroque Research , the Society for Reich Chamber Court Research and the Natural Science and Historical Association for the Land Lippe eV From 1998 to 2010 he was the reporter for the “Historical Bibliography” for the period from 1500 to 1648.



  • The Niederrheinisch-Westfälische Reichsgrafenkollegium and its members 1653-1806 , Zabern, Mainz 1991, ISBN 3-8053-1151-6 (including dissertation, Ruhr University Bochum, 1987).
  • The Principality of Lippe in the age of the French Revolution 1770–1820 , Waxmann, Münster et al. 1992, ISBN 3-89325-090-5 .
  • The case of “Meier Cordt versus Graf zur Lippe”. A trial of subjects before the territorial and imperial courts between 1680 and 1720 . Society for Reich Chamber Court Research, Wetzlar 1997.
  • The Holy Roman Empire and the Netherlands 1566–1648. Political-denominational entanglements and journalism in the Eighty Years' War , Böhlau, Cologne et al. 1998, ISBN 3-412-00898-2 (plus habilitation thesis, University of Münster 1994).
  • The Thirty Years War 1618–1648 , Reclam, Stuttgart 2009, 4th, bibliographically updated edition 2018, ISBN 978-3-15-018642-8 .
  • Public control of power. The journalistic representation of political conflicts in the Holy Roman Empire 1648–1750. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2013, ISBN 978-3-525-10108-7 .
  • with Esther-Beate Körber : Periodical Press in the Early Enlightenment (1700–1750). A comparison between Germany, France and the Netherlands , 2 volumes, Edition Lumière, Bremen 2020, ISBN 978-3-948077-11-2 and ISBN 978-3-948077-12-9 .


Important essays

  • High nobility in northwest Germany. The members of the Niederrheinisch-Westfälische Reichsgrafenkollegium between individual aspiration for advancement and corporate self-assertion (1653-1806). In: Blätter für deutsche Landesgeschichte 106, 1990, pp. 185–221.
  • Between collegial solidarity and personal advancement. The imperial counts in the 17th and 18th centuries. In: Ronald G. Asch (ed.): The European nobility in the Ancien Régime. From the crisis of the estate monarchies to the revolution (approx. 1600–1789) , Cologne, Weimar, Vienna 2001, pp. 105–128.
  • Was there a “media system of political journalism” in the early modern Holy Roman Empire? Some system theory considerations. In: Jahrbuch für Kommunikationgeschichte 6, 2004, pp. 74-102.
  • The European media landscape in the baroque age. In: Irene Dingel / Matthias Schnettger (eds.): On the way to Europe. Interpretations, visions, realities. Colloquium on the 65th birthday of Heinz Duchhardt, November 13-15, 2008 , Göttingen 2010, pp. 25–40.
  • Newspaper, media system and Reich journalism. In: Holger Böning / Volker Bauer (Ed.): Newspaper Public in the 17th Century - A New Medium and Its Consequences , Bremen 2011 (= Press and History. New Contributions , Vol. 54), pp. 179–200.
  • Visible and invisible borders. The coexistence of denominations in the Dutch Republic (1581–1795). In: Johannes Paulmann / Matthias Schnettger / Thomas Weller (eds.): Unreconciled difference. Procedure for Overcoming Religious-Confessional Difference in Modern European Times , Göttingen 2016, pp. 19–39.

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