Mohr Siebeck Verlag

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Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Co. KG
legal form GmbH & Co. KG
founding 1801
Seat Tubingen , Germany
management Henning Ziebritzki
Number of employees 53
Branch publishing company
As of December 31, 2018

The Routledge Publishing is an academic publisher with headquarters in Tübingen . Founded in 1801 in Frankfurt am Main as a bookstore with a publisher and product range , from 1805 continued as a university bookstore in Heidelberg , its focus is still on humanities publications on theology and law ; The publisher also publishes writings on Jewish studies , religious studies , philosophy , sociology , history and economics .


Latin artibus ingenuis ' to the noble arts (obligated)'

Frankfurt and Heidelberg

On August 1st, 1801 August Hermann founded a bookstore with a publisher and range in Frankfurt am Main. Jakob Christian Benjamin Mohr took it over in 1804 and one year later founded the academic bookshop Mohr & Zimmer in Heidelberg with Johann Georg Zimmer , also with a publisher and product range. In 1811 the Frankfurt branch was closed. In 1815 Zimmer left as a partner, in his place Christian Friedrich Winter followed as a partner. In 1822 Mohr separated from Winter and ran the bookstore alone under J. C. B. Mohr . Winter also continued his business alone (see University Press Winter ).

The Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels was co-founded in Leipzig by J. C. B. Mohr in 1825 ; From 1838 to 1840 he was first chairman. After his death in 1854, the company passed to his sons.

Intermezzo in Tübingen

Heinrich Laupp's H. Laupp'sche bookstore had existed in Tübingen since 1816 . It had emerged from the university bookstore of the Cotta'schen Verlagsbuchhandlung and, as was customary at the time, comprised the publisher and product range. In 1840 his son-in-law, the Leipzig bookseller Hermann Siebeck became a partner, and in 1866 sole owner. After Siebeck's death in 1877, his son-in-law J. G. Kötzle and his son Paul Siebeck ran it together. In 1878 they jointly acquired the Heidelberg J. C. B. Mohr Verlag and brought it to Tübingen.

Freiburg in Breisgau

Paul Siebeck went to Freiburg im Breisgau in 1880 with the works of J. C. B. Mohr Verlag and some of the H. Laupp'schen bookstore . He called the new publisher there "Academic bookstore by J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck)". The focus of the publishing program in Freiburg was liberal theology, the philosophy of southwest German neo-Kantianism , constitutional law , civil law and economics (first the historical school , then the reformers around Max Weber ). The publishing house's catchment area soon expanded from the three southwest German universities of Freiburg, Tübingen and Heidelberg to all of Germany; At the turn of the century there were already numerous international contacts.

Return to Tübingen

In 1899 Paul Siebeck returned to Tübingen with his publishing house, took over the management of the H. Laupp'schen bookstore and ceased the product range. In 1906 his eldest son Oskar Siebeck joined the company. When Paul Siebeck died unexpectedly in 1920, Oskar and his brother Werner Siebeck took over the management of the publishing house. In the emergency caused by the reduction in science funding and inflation , they tightened the publishing program and specialized in today's four core areas of theology, philosophy, law and economics.


After the handover of power to the National Socialists , the publishing program with its numerous Jewish and politically left-wing authors was no longer politically well-liked. Sales fell to a tenth in three years. After the death of the two brothers Werner and Oskar Siebeck, his son Hans-Georg Siebeck took over the management of the greatly reduced publishing house in 1936. Hardly any books were published between 1939 and 1945. After the war, the publishing house received one of the first licenses in the French zone in 1945 and started producing books again. After twelve years of isolation, relations abroad had to be resumed. In the 1960s, the Jewish Studies program area was added through the connection with the Leo Baeck Institute . The publishing house became socially acceptable again internationally.


In 1972 Georg Siebeck (* 1946) joined the publishing house and in 1976 took over the management, initially alone, from 2005 with Franz Peter-Gillig and Henning Ziebritzki. After Georg Siebeck left the management at the end of 2014, Franz-Peter Gillig and Henning Ziebritzki headed the publishing house from 2015 (until his retirement in 2017).

The internationalization of the sciences also shaped the continuation of the publishing program; the proportion of foreign authors has steadily increased. Multilingual book series have emerged, magazine editorships are international, some magazines now appear exclusively in English. Large-scale projects such as the Lexicon Religion Past and Present were organized with international participation. Electronic publications and online publications have been added since about the mid-1980s.

In 2005 the publishing house, previously run as a partnership by members of the Siebeck family, was transformed into "Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Co. KG". The publisher is one of 15 member publishers (as of September 2015) of the Uni-Taschenbücher (UTB) sales group . Mohr Siebeck continues to cultivate the areas of theology, Jewish studies, religious studies, philosophy, sociology, history, law and economics in individual works, book and magazine series.

The publisher's archive, which had been in Tübingen until then, was donated to the Berlin State Library in 2010 , which in return undertook to make the holdings accessible and partially digitized. The inventory from the years 1801 to 1978 includes, among other things, publisher correspondence, contracts and collected reviews of published works. The holdings are incorporated into the database of the Kalliope network under the signature Nachl. 488 (archive of the Mohr Siebeck publishing house) .

Major works, important book series, magazines

Theology, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies
Major works Important book series Magazines
  • Contributions to historical theology
  • Research on the Old Testament
  • Hermeneutical studies on theology
  • Religion in Philosophy and Theology
  • Oriental religions in antiquity
  • Series of scientific papers by the Leo Baeck Institute
  • Scripta Antiquitatis Posterioris ad Ethicam Religionemque pertinentia
  • Late Middle Ages and Reformation
  • Studies and texts on antiquity and Christianity
  • Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism
  • Tria Corda. Jena lectures on Judaism, antiquity and Christianity
  • Scientific research on the New Testament
Philosophy, sociology, history
Major works Important book series Magazines
  • International yearbook of hermeneutics
  • Heidelberg treatises on philosophy and its history
  • Philosophical Investigations
Major works Important book series Magazines
  • GmbH major comment
  • Basic law comment
  • ECHR / GG concordance commentary
  • Decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court
  • Manual of the law of obligations
  • Hans Kelsen's works
  • Historical-critical commentary on the BGB
  • Commentary on the ZPO
  • Hugo Preuss - Collected Writings
  • Contributions to international and foreign private law
  • Contributions to legal history
  • Intellectual property and competition law
  • Foundations of law
  • Manual of the law of obligations
  • Jus Ecclesiasticum
  • Jus Internationale et Europaeum
  • Jus Privatum
  • Jus Publicum
  • Mohr textbook
  • Studies on international and foreign private law
  • Tübingen jurisprudential treatises
Major works Important book series Magazines
  • Contributions to finance
  • Conferences on New Political Economy
  • Unity of social sciences
  • Concepts of social theory
  • New economic floor plans
  • Investigations on the theory of order and policy
  • Economics seminar Ottobeuren


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Annual financial statements as of December 31, 2018 in the electronic Federal Gazette
  2. Dr. Franz-Peter Gillig - 35 years with Mohr Siebeck Verlag , accessed on September 15, 2017.
  3. Ulrike Heitmüller: ( Page no longer available , search in web archives: Just scan? The archive of a scientific publisher is being made accessible. ) In: c't . 1/2011, p. 74 f.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /

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