Luise Schorn-Schütte

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Luise Schorn-Schütte (born February 19, 1949 in Osnabrück ) is a German historian and university professor . She taught as a professor of modern general history at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main .

Education and professional career

From 1969 she studied law , history and political science at the Universities of Göttingen , Marburg an der Lahn and Münster . Since 1974 she has been a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation . In 1975 she passed her first state examination for teaching at grammar schools in Marburg . This was followed by research stays in Washington, New York and Ithaka / NY, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service . Schorn-Schütte received his doctorate summa cum laude from the University of Münster in 1981 with the dissertation Karl Lamprecht - Cultural History between Science and Politics . From 1981 to 1988 Schorn-Schütte was a university assistant at the University of Osnabrück and the Justus Liebig University in Gießen .

In 1992, Schorn-Schütte completed his habilitation at the University of Gießen with the text Evangelical Spirituality of the Early Modern Age - their contribution to the development of early modern statehood and society, illustrated using the example of the Principality of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel , the Landgraviate of Hessen-Kassel and the city of Braunschweig . At the same time as she was awarded the Venia legendi for Medieval and Modern History , she was appointed private lecturer at the University of Giessen. From 1991 to 1992 she had a teaching position at the University of Basel ; In 1992 she also took over a professorship there. In the same year she was also the representation of a C3 - professor at the Free University of Berlin transferred. In 1992, appointments to chairs in Basel, Oldenburg and Potsdam followed , where she taught from 1993 to 1998. In 1998 she took over the chair for modern general history with special consideration of the early modern period at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. From 2004 to 2010 she was Vice President of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since 2012 she has been a sub-project leader in the Frankfurt LOEWE focus on “Extrajudicial and judicial conflict resolution”. Schorn-Schütte retired on October 1, 2015.

Focus of work

Schorn-Schütte’s historiographical work is characterized by five focal points:

  • History of political ideas and theories (political communication) in Europe in the early modern period (16th - 18th centuries)
  • European Reformation history 16./17. century
  • Social and denominational history of the European bourgeoisie (16th - 18th centuries)
  • Theory of History
  • History of Science in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Schorn-Schütte's publications are evenly distributed across these subject areas. The focus is on the one hand on the constitution of the Protestant clergy in the early modern era as a distinct social group with its own social, economic and intellectual profile. In particular, Schorn-Schütte made an important contribution to clarifying the contribution of Lutheran pastors and theologians to the history of political ideas in Europe (politica christiana). The preachers, it turns out, developed an independent understanding of the functioning of the community and were quite willing and able to assert their positions critically and confrontationally towards the authorities .

On the other hand, Schorn-Schütte regularly devotes himself to questions about the historical development and the current status of the historical sciences . With regard to historiography, she made essential contributions to the elucidation of the prehistory of current cultural-historical research paradigms , in particular through numerous works on historical studies at the end of the 19th century. This also resulted in numerous critical and further considerations on how the classical history of ideas and politics could be continued and renewed from the perspective of cultural-historical research. The International Research Training Group “Political Communication from Antiquity to the 20th Century”, which is based in Frankfurt am Main under her leadership, is - in methodological terms - the result of these internationally oriented efforts to reposition an ideologically and culturally-historically secured political research. The same applies to the positioning of the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Regulations”, whose main researcher has been Schorn – Schütte since it was set up in 2007.

Memberships (selection)

Scholarships and Honors

  • Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation 1974–1976
  • Heisenber grant from the DFG 1992/93
  • Research semester funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation WS 1997/98
  • Research-free year financed by the DFG WS 2007/08 and SS 2008
  • Senior Fellow of the Science College of the Alfried Krupp Foundation Greifswald WS 2008/09
  • Senior Fellowship at the Human Sciences College of the Goethe University in Bad Homburg WS 2010/11
  • Visiting professor at the University of Padua WS 2011/12
  • Senior Fellowship of the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel , February and March 2012
  • Opus Magnum funding by the VW Foundation (research-free year October 2013 to September 2014)
  • Honor at the New Year's reception of the Federal President in Bellevue Palace on January 2016
  • Election to the Academy Council of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (initially for four years from April 1, 2017)

On the occasion of Schorn-Schütte's 60th birthday, Renate Dürr ( University of Kassel ), Gisela Engel (University of Frankfurt) and Johannes Süßmann (also University of Frankfurt) held an honorary colloquium on February 27, 2009 in Frankfurt am Main .

Fonts (selection)

as an author:

  • Karl Lamprecht. Cultural historiography between science and politics. Göttingen 1984, ISBN 3-525-35919-5 (= series of publications by the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . Volume 22).
  • Protestant clergy of the early modern period: their share in the development of early modern statehood and society, illustrated using the example of the Principality of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, the Landgraviate of Hessen-Kassel and the city of Braunschweig. Gütersloh 1996, ISBN 3-579-01730-6 (= sources and research on the history of the Reformation. Volume 62).
  • Charles V emperor between the Middle Ages and modern times. Munich 2000, 3rd edition 2006, ISBN 3-406-44730-9 ( CH Beck Wissen , 2130) (translated as Carlo V., Rome 2002).
  • Queen Luise: life and legend. Munich 2003, ISBN 3-406-48023-3 ( CH Beck Wissen , 2323).
  • Historical Political Research. An introduction. Verlag CH Beck, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-406-55061-4 .
  • The Reformation. History, course, effect. Munich 1996, 6th revised edition 2016, ISBN 3-406-41054-5 ( CH Beck Wissen , 2054) (translated as La riforma protestante , Bologna 1998).
  • History of Europe in the early modern period. Study Guide 1500–1789. Paderborn 2009, ISBN 978-3-8252-8414-5 (UTB, 8414).
  • Confessional Wars and European Expansion. Europe 1500–1648 , CH Beck, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-60637-3 .
  • God's word and human rule: Political-Theological Languages ​​in Europe in the Early Modern Age , CH Beck, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-406-68235-3 .
    • Together with Mircea Ogrin (Ed.): "About the actual field of work of history". Edition of the correspondence between Karl Lamprecht and Ernst Bernheim and Karl Lamprecht and Henri Pirenne (1878-1915) , Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2016, ISBN 978-3-412-02198-6 .

as editor:

  • Old Europe or early modern. Interpretation patterns for the 16th to 18th centuries from the crisis consciousness of the Weimar Republic in theology, law and history. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-428-09961-3 (= journal for historical research. Supplement 23).
  • The Interim 1548/50: Dominance crisis and religious conflict. Gütersloh 2005, ISBN 978-3-579-01762-4 (= writings of the Association for Reformation History. Volume 203).
  • (together with Sven Tode) Debates about the legitimation of rule. Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-05-004207-9 .
  • 125 years of the Association for the History of the Reformation. Gütersloh 2008, ISBN 978-3-579-05764-4 (= writings of the Association for Reformation History. Volume 200).
  • Aspects of political communication in Europe of the 16./17. Century. (= Supplements to the HZ , vol. 38), 386 pages, Munich 2004.
  • The language of the political in actu. On the relationship between political action and political language from antiquity to the 20th century. (= Writings on Political Communication , 1), Göttingen 2009.


  • Karl Lamprecht and international history at the turn of the century. In: Archives for cultural history . 67/1985, pp. 417-464.
  • Preacher at Protestant courts in the early modern period. On the political and social position of a new bourgeois leadership group in court society in the 17th century, illustrated using the example of Hessen-Kassel, Hessen-Darmstadt and Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel. In: Heinz Schilling / Herman Diederiks (Hrsg.): Bourgeois elites in the Netherlands and in Northwest Germany. Studies on the social history of the European bourgeoisie in the Middle Ages and in modern times , Cologne / Vienna 1985, pp 275-336 (= cities research , A 23).
  • “Papocaesarism” of the theologians? From the office of Protestant pastor in the early modern city society near Bugenhagen. In: Archive for Reformation History , Volume 79 (1988), p. 230.
  • Karl Lamprecht. Pioneer of a historical social science? In: Notker Hammerstein (Ed.): Deutsche Geschichtswwissenschaft um 1900 , Wiesbaden / Stuttgart 1988, pp. 153–191.
  • Les clergés catholique et protestant en Allemagne à la fin du Saint Empire. In: Helmut Berding / Etienne François / Hans Peter Ullmann (eds.): La Révolution la France et l'Allemagne , Paris 1989, pp. 205–227.
  • Aftermath of Lamprecht's historiography. Receptions abroad and in German history and sociology. In: Gerald Diesener (Ed.): Karl Lamprecht weitermachen , Leipzig 1993, pp. 272–294.
  • E. Troeltsch's “Social Doctrine” and Current Early Modern Research. To discuss the importance of Lutheranism and Calvinism for the development of the modern world. In: Friedrich Wilhelm Graf / Trutz Rendtorff (ed.): E. Troeltschs Soziallehren. Studies on their interpretation , Gütersloh 1993 (= Troeltsch studies 6), pp. 133–151.
  • Formation and career of the catholic clergy and protestant pastors in the Ancient Empire (XVIIth until XIXth century). In: Paedagogica Historica (Gent) 30/1, 1994, pp. 39-81.
  • The Christian Clergy in the Early Modern Holy Roman Empire: A Comparative Social Study. In: 16th Century Journal XXIX / 1998, pp. 717-731.
  • "Put your eyes on the back and look for the Gemeyn wolfart". Reflections on the change in political norms in the 16./17. Century. In: Helmut Neuhaus , Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Hrsg.): People and structures in the history of old Europe. Festschrift for Johannes Kunisch , Berlin 2002, pp. 167–184.
  • New History of Ideas / New Spiritual History. In: Günther Lottes / Joachim Eibach (eds.): Kompass der Geschichtswwissenschaft , Munich 2002, pp. 270–280.
  • Communication about domination. Criticism of authority in the 16th century. In: Lutz Raphael , HE Tenorth (ed.): Ideas as a social shaping force in Europe in the modern age , Munich 2006, pp. 71-108.
  • Political Communication in the Early Modern Era. Criticism of authority in the Old Kingdom. In: Geschichte und Gesellschaft 32 (2006), Heft 3, pp. 273-314.
  • Why still reformation historiography? A position assessment. In: Dieter Hein , Klaus Hildebrand , Andreas Schulz (eds.): History and life. The historian as a scientist and contemporary. Festschrift for Lothar Gall , Munich 2006, pp. 137–150.
  • Communication about politics in early modern Europe. A research concept. In: Yearbook of the Historical College 2007 , Munich 2008, pp. 3–36.
  • A proposito of "La Réforme en France et en Italie". Contacts, comparaisons et contrastes, ed. v. Ph. Benedict, Silvana Seidel Menchi and A. Tallon, Rome 2007. In: Quaderni Storici 130 (2009), pp. 249-267.

Web links

Reviews of their works


  1. International Research Training Group “Political Communication from Antiquity to the 20th Century” ( Memento from July 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive ).
  2. Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” .
  3. International Research Training Group ( Memento from February 23, 2010 in the Internet Archive ).
  4. ^ Scientific advisory board of the Gutenberg Research College .
  5. shooting NDR documentation in Neustrelitz ( Memento of 4 March 2016 Internet Archive ).