Neithard Bulst

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Neithard Bulst (born July 14, 1941 in Berlin ) is a German historian .

Neithard Bulst is the son of Walther Bulst and Marie Luise Bulst-Thiele . He studied history, Romance studies and political science at the universities of Heidelberg , Kiel , Lyon and Gießen . The state examination took place in 1965. In 1968 Bulst received his doctorate in Gießen under Peter Classen on the monastic reforms of Wilhelm von Dijon in the 10th and 11th centuries. Bulst was a research assistant and university lecturer in Heidelberg. There he completed his habilitation on the French General Estates of 1468 and 1484 in 1976. From 1978 until his retirement in 2008, he taught at Bielefeld University, first until 1998, as a professor of general history with a focus on social and constitutional history of the late Middle Ages and then on general history the focus on the history of the Middle Ages.

In 1981, 1985, 1988, 1998 and 2003 he was Directeur d'Études associé at the Center de Recherches Historiques of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales . Bulst held visiting professorships at the Central European University in Budapest (1994, 1995 and 1996) and at the University of Paris 7 (Université Denis Diderot, 1994 and 2003). From 1994 to 1995 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He is the initiator and was from 1998 to 2008 coordinator of the integrated German-French course for history Bielefeld-Paris 7.

In 1993 he was elected a full member of the Historical Commission for Westphalia . In 2013 the French government appointed him officer of the “ Ordre des Palmes Académiques ” in recognition of his scientific work and his successful efforts to establish academic and scientific contacts between Germany and France .

His main research interests are disease and society, social and cultural history of the medieval and early modern plague, expense and luxury orders in the Middle Ages and early modern times (Germany / France), history of representation assemblies with a focus on France, medieval demography , prosopography , changing legal norms, Church history in the High Middle Ages and the county of Lippe in the early modern period.



  • Investigations into the reforms of the monastery by Wilhelm von Dijon (962-1031) (= Paris historical studies. Vol. 11). Röhrscheid, Bonn 1973, ISBN 3-7928-0315-1
  • The French General Estates from 1468 and 1484. Prosopographical research on the delegates (= Francia. Vol. 26). Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1992, ISBN 3-7995-7326-7 . ( Online at )
  • Law, space and politics. From the late medieval city to the European Union (= the political as communication. Vol. 6). Wallstein, Göttingen 2015, ISBN 978-3-8353-1150-3 .


  • Violence in Political Space. Case analyzes from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century (= historical political research. Vol. 15). Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2008, ISBN 978-3-593-38730-7 .
  • with Karl-Heinz Spieß : Social history of medieval hospitals (= lectures and research. Vol. 65). Thorbecke, Ostfildern 2007, ISBN 3-7995-6865-4 .
  • County Lippe in the 18th century. Population, economy and society of a small German state (= special publications of the Natural Science and Historical Association for the Land of Lippe. Vol. 40). Publishing house for regional history, Bielefeld 1993, ISBN 3-927085-59-6 .
  • Population, economy and society. Urban-rural relations in Germany and France, 14th to 19th centuries. Auenthal-Verlag, Trier 1983, ISBN 3-89070-004-7 .
  • Family between tradition and modernity. Studies on the history of the family in Germany and France from the 16th to the 20th century (= critical studies on historical science . Vol. 48). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1981, ISBN 3-525-35706-0 .


  • Andrea Bendlage (Ed.): Law and behavior in premodern societies. Festschrift for Neithard Bulst. Publishing house for regional history, Bielefeld 2008, ISBN 978-3-89534-773-3 .

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  1. See the review by Franz Quarthal in: Blätter für deutsche Landesgeschichte 115 (1979), pp. 430–431 ( online ).
  2. ^ Press office of Bielefeld University: High French distinction for Neithard Bulst , September 4, 2013.