Lutz Raphael

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Lutz Raphael (born September 12, 1955 in Essen ) is a German historian and professor at the University of Trier .


After studying history, Romance studies, philosophy and sociology in Münster and Paris from 1974 to 1984, the dissertation party and union followed. The trade union strategies of the communist parties in Italy and France since 1970 (University of Münster, 1984) and the habilitation thesis The Heirs of Bloch and Febvre . Annales - historiography and nouvelle histoire in France 1945–1980 ( Technical University Darmstadt , 1994). Raphael was a research assistant and assistant at the Institute for History in Darmstadt from 1987 to 1996, and since 1996 he has been Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Trier.

From 2007 to 2013 Raphael was a member of the Science Council . In 2013 he received the sponsorship award for German scientists in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz program of the German Research Foundation ( Leibniz Prize for short ). Since 2014 he has been a member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz . During the 2015/2016 academic year he was Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor at the German Historical Institute in London .

Raphael is co-editor of the journals Neue Politische Literatur and Journal of Modern European History .


In research, Raphael dealt in collaborative research with

  • State in the village. The change in local ruling structures in the Rhine-Maas area during the rise of the modern bureaucratic institutional state (French, Luxembourg and German experiences in comparison) ,
  • Between the Meuse and the Rhine. Relationships, encounters and conflicts in a European core area from late antiquity to the 19th century ,
  • Strangeness and poverty. Change of forms of inclusion and exclusion from antiquity to the present. Administrative control, organized care and (survival) life strategies of Mediterranean migrant workers in the mining regions between the Rhine and Maas (1950–1990) ,
  • Poverty in rural areas in the field of tension between state welfare policy, humanitarian-religious philanthropy and self-help in the industrial age (1860–1975) .

Since 2006 he has headed the DFG project: Atlas of the Institutions of European Historiography 1800–2005 , and since 2009 he has been executive director of the “Research Center Europe - Structures of Long Duration and Present Problems” (FZE), a central scientific institution at the University of Trier .


  • Beyond coal and steel. A social history of Western Europe after the boom. Berlin 2019.
  • Patterns of order and struggles for interpretation. Knowledge Practices in 20th Century Europe. (= Critical Studies in History . Volume 227). Göttingen 2018.
  • Imperial violence and the mobilized nation. Europe 1914–1945. Munich 2011.
  • with Ilaria Porciani: Atlas of European Historiography. The Making of a Profession 1800–2005 , Houndmills, Basingstoke 2010.
  • with Anselm Doering-Manteuffel : After the boom. Perspectives in Contemporary History after 1970 , Göttingen 2008, 2nd supplemented edition 2010.
  • (Ed.): Classics of the science of history . Vol. 1: From Edward Gibbon to Marc Bloch , Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-406-54118-6 .
  • (Ed.): Classics of the science of history . Vol. 2: From Fernand Braudel to Natalie Z. Davis , Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-406-54104-9 .
  • (Ed.) With Heinz-Elmar Tenorth : Ideas as a social shaping force in modern Europe. Contributions to a renewed intellectual history (= systems of order. Studies on the history of ideas of the modern age. Volume 20). Oldenbourg, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-486-57786-7 .
  • Law and order. Rule by administration in the 19th century. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2000, ISBN 3-596-60158-4 .
  • History in the age of extremes. Theories, methods, tendencies from 1900 to the present (= Beck's series. Volume 1543). Beck, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-406-49472-2 .
  • The heirs of Bloch and Febvre. Annales historiography and nouvelle histoire in France 1945–1980. Stuttgart 1994.


  • Inaugural speech Lutz Raphael. In: Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz , Yearbook 67, 2016, pp. 43–44.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. member entry of Lutz Raphael at the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz , accessed on November 6 2017th
  2. ^ Website at the German Historical Institute in London.