Michael Ruck (political scientist)

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Michael Ruck (born June 3, 1954 in Kiel ) is a German political scientist and contemporary historian . Until February 2020 he taught as a professor at the European University of Flensburg . He is married, has two daughters and lives in Kiel.


In 1974 Michael Ruck began studying history , geography and economics / politics at the University of Kiel , which he completed in 1979/80 with the first state examination for teaching at grammar schools. From 1980 to 1995 he worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Social Sciences and at the teaching unit for Political Science and Contemporary History at the University of Mannheim . In 1983 he received his doctorate in Mannheim with his dissertation on "The Free Trade Unions in the Ruhr War in 1923" (Cologne 1986), which was awarded a sponsorship award from the Ruhr Area Municipal Association in 1985. In 1994/95 he was habilitated at the University of Mannheim by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of History and Geography with his habilitation thesis on "Officials in the German Southwest 1928 to 1972" (Munich 1996) in the field of political science and contemporary history. From 1995 to 2001 he taught as a university lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. In spring 2001 he was appointed university professor and director at the Institute for History and its Didactics at the University of Flensburg and at the Institute for Schleswig-Holstein Contemporary and Regional History at the University of Flensburg in Schleswig. From 2006 to 2012 he was director at the Institute for Politics and Economics and its Didactics - Political Science - at the University of Flensburg and at the Institute for History and its Didactics at the University of Flensburg. Since 2012 Ruck has been director and (since 2018 deputy) spokesperson at the seminar for political science and political didactics and until 2014 at the seminar for history and history didactics at the Institute for Social Sciences and Theology at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. From 2012 to 2014 he was its spokesman, from 2014 to 2016 as deputy spokesman.

His research interests are: trade unions and corporatism in the 20th century ; Social policy in Germany in the 20th century; Administration (politics) , federalism and territorial reforms in the 20th century; Planning (politics) since the 1960s in an international comparison; Political system and parties in Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Ruck was continuously involved in academic self-administration at the Universities of Mannheim and Flensburg. From 2002 to 2004 he was chairman of the consistory, 2004 prorector and from 2006 to 2010 chairman of the senate of the University of Flensburg.

Jerk is u. a. Member of the German Association for Parliamentary Issues, the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gesellschaft Schloss Cappenberg, the Lorenz von Stein-Gesellschaft zu Kiel, the association “ Against Forgetting - For Democracy ” and the Society for Schleswig-Holstein History.


  • The trade unions in the early years of the republic 1919–1923 (= sources on the history of the German trade union movement in the 20th century. Vol. 2). Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1985, ISBN 3-7663-0901-3 .
  • The free trade unions in the Ruhr struggle 1923 (= series of publications of the Otto Brenner Foundation. Vol. 39). Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1986, ISBN 3-7663-0866-1 .
  • Bulwark against Hitler? Workers, Labor Movement and the Beginnings of National Socialism. Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1988, ISBN 3-7663-3082-9 .
  • Unions - State - Entrepreneurs. The trade unions in the social and political field of forces 1914 to 1933 (= trade unions in Germany. Vol. 3). Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1990, ISBN 3-7663-2159-5 .
  • as editor with Cornelia Rauh- Kühne: Regional elites between dictatorship and democracy. Baden and Württemberg 1930–1952 (= National Socialism and the post-war period in Southwest Germany. Vol. 1). Oldenbourg, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-486-55950-8 .
  • Bibliography on National Socialism. Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1995, ISBN 3-7663-2355-5 (several editions).
  • Corps spirit and state consciousness. Civil servants in the south-west of Germany from 1928 to 1972 (= National Socialism and the post-war period in south-west Germany. Vol. 4). Oldenbourg, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-486-56197-9 (also: Mannheim, University, habilitation paper, 1995).
  • as co-worker: Wolfram Angerbauer (Red.): The heads of the higher offices, district offices and district offices in Baden-Württemberg 1810 to 1972 . Published by the working group of the district archives at the Baden-Württemberg district assembly. Theiss, Stuttgart 1996, ISBN 3-8062-1213-9 . (239 short biographies).
  • as editor with Hans-Jochen Vogel , Klaus Schönhoven : Labor movement and social democracy in Germany. Selected contributions (= Political and Social History series. Vol. 59). Dietz, Bonn 2002, ISBN 3-8012-4124-6 .
  • as editor with Karl Heinrich Pohl : Regions in National Socialism (= IZRG series of publications. Vol. 10). Publishing house for regional history, Bielefeld 2003, ISBN 3-89534-490-7 .
  • as editor with Uwe Danker , Nils Köhler and Eva Nowottny: Forced Laborers in the District of North Friesland 1939–1945 (= IZRG series of publications. Vol. 12). Publishing house for regional history, Bielefeld 2004, ISBN 3-89534-552-0 .
  • as editor with Marcel Boldorf: 1957–1966. Federal Republic of Germany. Social policy under the sign of the achieved prosperity (= history of social policy in Germany since 1945. Vol. 4). Nomos, Baden-Baden 2007, ISBN 978-3-7890-7319-9 .
  • with Michael Dauderstädt: On the history of the future. Social-democratic utopias and their social relevance (= Series Discussion Group History. Vol. 90). Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Archive of Social Democracy, Bonn 2011, ISBN 978-3-86872-644-2 .
  • Adaptation - self-alignment - smashing. The trade unions in Flensburg and in the German Reich after the transfer of power to Hitler in 1933 . German Trade Union Federation Schleswig-Holstein Northwest, Flensburg 2014.
  • as editor: opponent - instrument - partner. Union understanding of the state from industrialism to the information age (= understanding of the state, vol. 106). Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 2017, ISBN 978-3-8487-3055-1 .

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