Ludolf Herbst

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Ludolf Herbst (born March 21, 1943 in Wülfinghausen near Springe ) is a German historian . His research focus is the German history of the 20th century .


Herbst studied history, German literature , philosophy and political science at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen . With a thesis on the persecution of the First International by the great powers in the Empire time he became in 1973 a doctorate . He completed his habilitation with a study that was published in 1982 under the title The Total War and the Order of the Economy . His academic teachers in Göttingen were Reinhard Wittram , Rudolf von Thadden and Rudolf Vierhaus .

After a short teaching position in Göttingen, Ludolf Herbst became deputy director of the Munich Institute for Contemporary History in 1983 . From 1991 to 2008 he was Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Humboldt University in Berlin .

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