Michael Maurer (historian)

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Michael Maurer (born November 13, 1954 in Tennenbronn / Black Forest ) is a German cultural historian who teaches at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena .

Scientific career

Maurer attended grammar schools in Rastatt and Schramberg and passed the Abitur in 1974. During his subsequent studies in German, history and philosophy at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen , he was supported by the German National Academic Foundation. He interrupted his studies by doing community service at the Hirschhalde sanatorium near Bad Dürrheim and spending a year at the University of London (Queen Mary College). In 1981 he passed the first state examination for teaching at grammar schools in the subjects of German and history. In 1986 he completed his dissertation in Tübingen on the subject of "Enlightenment and Anglophilia in Germany", temporarily as a scholarship holder from the German Historical Institute in London , then from the German National Academic Foundation. He also worked as a translator for Ernst Klett Verlag , as an editor for Bayerischer Schulbuch-Verlag and as a radio author for Südwestfunk .

Since 1986, Maurer has worked as a university assistant or scientific assistant at the University of Essen . In 1991 he received the “Bennigsen Award for the Promotion of Young Scientists in North Rhine-Westphalia ” for the habilitation project “The Biography of the Citizen. Lifestyles and ways of thinking in the formative phase of the German bourgeoisie (1680–1815) ”. In 1993 he completed his habilitation at the University of Essen. From 1993 to 1997 Maurer Heisenberg was a scholarship holder of the German Research Foundation in Göttingen , as well as a private lecturer at the University of Essen, interrupted in the summer semester 1994 and winter semester 1994/95 by teaching at the Historical Institute of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena as "Friedrich-Schiller- Lecturer in History ”.

In the 1997/98 winter semester, Maurer was initially a representative, from the 1998 summer semester he held the professorship for cultural history at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and built up the new course and the institute for folklore / cultural history.

Between 1999 and 2001, Maurer was the project manager for the edition of Eberhard Gothein's correspondence with his wife, a project of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation . From 2001 to 2010 he worked as a sub-project leader “Zeitkultur: Festivals and Celebrations” in the DFG Collaborative Research Center 482: “Weimar-Jena Event. Culture around 1800 ”. Several times he took on teaching positions at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar . For many years he was a member of the selection committee of the German Academic Exchange Service for Great Britain and worked as a reviewer for the German National Academic Foundation. He was also Vice President from 2005 to 2007 and President of the International Herder Society from 2007 to 2009.

Maurer's main research interests are European history (especially Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland) and cultural history with a focus on the 18th century.


Michael Maurer's first marriage was to the historian Trude Maurer (1955–2017), who was an expert on German-Jewish history, the history of science and the history of Eastern Europe. Maurer lives in Jena and Weimar (Lahn) .



  • Enlightenment and Anglophilia in Germany , Göttingen and Zurich 1987 (= publications of the German Historical Institute London , Volume 19).
  • The biography of the citizen. Lifestyles and ways of thinking in the formative phase of the German bourgeoisie (1680–1815) , Göttingen 1996 (= publications of the Max Planck Institute for History , Volume 127).
  • History of England , Stuttgart 1997 (further editions 2000, 2005, 2007, 2014).
  • History of Ireland , Stuttgart 1998 (2nd edition 2003, 3rd edition 2013).
  • Church, State and Society in the 17th and 18th Centuries , Munich 1999 (= Encyclopedia of German History , Volume 51).
  • Eberhard Gothein (1853–1923). Life and work between cultural history and political economy , Cologne, Weimar and Vienna 2007.
  • History of Scotland , Stuttgart 2008 (2nd edition 2011).
  • Cultural history. An introduction , Cologne, Weimar and Vienna 2008.
  • Johann Gottfried Herder. Life and Work , Cologne, Weimar and Vienna 2014.
  • Wales. Culture and History , Stuttgart 2016.
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt. A life as a work , Cologne, Weimar and Vienna 2016.


  • "I am more of a heart than a head". Sophie von La Roche - a picture of life in letters , Munich 1983 (2nd edition 1985) (= library of the 18th century ).
  • "O Britain, a hat full of your freedom". German travel reports of the 18th century , Munich, Leipzig and Weimar 1992 (= library of the 18th century ).
  • Johann Wilhelm von Archenholtz: England and Italy. Reprint of the three-part first edition Leipzig 1785. With variants of the five-part edition Leipzig 1787, materials and studies on the history of the text and its impact, bibliography and afterword , 3 volumes, Heidelberg 1993.
  • New impulses in travel research , Berlin 1999 (= Enlightenment and Europe. Contributions to the 18th century ).
  • Outline of the historical sciences , 7 volumes, Stuttgart 2001–2005.
  • The party. Contributions to his theory and systematics , Cologne, Weimar and Vienna 2004.
  • Fixed cultures in comparison. Stagings of the religious and the political , Cologne, Weimar and Vienna 2010.
  • Wales. The discovery of a landscape and a people by German travelers (1780–1860) , Frankfurt am Main 2014.
  • Herder and His Impact. Contributions to the conference of the International Herder Society Jena 2008 , Heidelberg 2014.

Associate Editor

  • (with Wilfried Loth , Paul Münch , Ernst Walter Zeeden ): Large historical world atlas. Fourth part: Latest times. Map part , Munich 1995; Explanations , Munich 1996.
  • (with Johanna Sänger, Editha Ulrich): “Enjoy your work”. The correspondence between the cultural scientists Eberhard and Marie Luise Gothein (1883–1923). Cologne, Weimar and Vienna 2006.

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