Olaf B. Rader

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Olaf B. Rader at the 2013 Book Fair

Olaf Bruno Rader (born April 23, 1961 in Bad Freienwalde (Oder) ) is a German historian .

Olaf B. Rader grew up in Berlin-Pankow . He belonged to the opposition in the late GDR and was a founding member of the Democratic Awakening (DA). Rader studied history and archival science at the Humboldt University of Berlin (HU). There he received his doctorate in 1991 on the document system of the archbishops of Magdeburg until the death of Wichmann von Seeburg in 1192. He then worked as a documentary for the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden.

Rader has been a research assistant at Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences since 1992 . As an employee of the MGH office, Rader completed his habilitation at the HU Berlin, however, as a cultural scientist and not as a medieval historian with the work grave and rule. Political death cult from Alexander the Great to Lenin . The illustration was translated into Spanish in 2006. Rader teaches cultural history as a private lecturer at Berlin's Humboldt University.

In 2005 Rader published a brief account of the history of Dresden from the first settlement to the present. Rader was the co-editor and editor of the two-volume standard work on the Golden Bull of Emperor Charles IV of 1356, which was published by Akademie Verlag in 2009 . Rader is one of the best connoisseurs of the sources on Friedrich II. With his biography, published in 2010 and in multiple editions, he presented a standard work on Friedrich II. He wanted to understand the ruler's numerous behaviors from a “south-Mediterranean perspective”. In 2012, Rader published a brief introduction to the ruler Friedrich II.

Together with Arne Karsten , Rader published the book Great Sea Battles in 2013 . The Battle of Salamis in 480 BC is an example. Handled twelve naval battles until the battle of the Skagerrak in 1916. Rader wrote the chapters on antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Battle of Trafalgar . In April 2014, allegations of plagiarism arose : The book Große Seeschlachten contains numerous text passages taken from Wikipedia with only minimal changes in wording and without citing the source. A subsequent review of the book by the publishing house ( CH Beck ) exonerated Karsten and partially confirmed the allegations against Rader. In addition to the unrecognized takeovers from Wikipedia, in particular the reference to an article “Myth of Trafalgar” published by Thomas Siebe on the Internet in 2003 was viewed as problematic. As a consequence, CH Beck took the book out of the program. In addition, Rader was accused of having incorrectly identified individual passages of text taken over from other authors in his biography of Friedrich II. The book about the naval battles was positively discussed in a specialist meeting of the Zeitschrift für Geschichtswwissenschaft despite the publisher's delivery stops.



  • Hocus-pocus. Blood hosts between belief in miracles and booth magic. Fink, Paderborn 2015, ISBN 978-3-7705-5738-7 .
  • together with Arne Karsten : Great sea battles. Turning points in world history from Salamis to Skagerrak. Beck, Munich 2013, ISBN 3-406-65558-0 (removed from the program shortly after publication).
  • Kaiser Friedrich II. (= Beck series. Volume 2762). Beck, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-406-64050-6 .
  • Friedrich II. The Sicilian on the imperial throne. A biography. 4th, revised edition, Beck, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-406-60485-0 . ( Review )
  • A little history of Dresden. Beck, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-406-52857-0 .
  • Grave and rule. Political death cult from Alexander the Great to Lenin. Beck, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-406-50917-7 .
  • Pro remedio animae nostrae. The document system of the archbishops of Magdeburg until the death of Wichmann von Seeburg in 1192. 1991 (Berlin, Humboldt University, dissertation, 1991.).


  • Like lightning and thunderbolt. The imperial coronation of Charles IV according to the reports of Johannes Porta de Annoniaco. Translated from Middle Latin by Marianna Spano and Ulrike Hohensee. Ivory, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-941184-65-7 .
  • together with Johannes Fried : The world of the Middle Ages. Places of remembrance from a millennium. Beck, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-406-62214-4 .


  • Castrum peregrini. Vol. 49, issue 241–245, p. 142 (short entry).

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  1. ^ Andreas H. Apelt: The opposition in the GDR and the German question 1989/90. Berlin 2009, pp. 26, 127, 175, 293.
  2. ^ Olaf B. Rader: Tumba y poder. El culto político a los muertos desde Alejandro Magno hasta Lenin. Translated by María Condor, Madrid 2006.
  3. Ulrike Hohensee, Mathias Lawo, Michael Lindner, Michael Menzel and Olaf B. Rader (eds.): The Golden Bull. Politics - Perception - Reception. 2 vols. Berlin 2009. See the technical review by Karl Borchardt in: German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages , 66 vol. (2010), pp. 302–304. ( online )
  4. ^ Olaf B. Rader: Friedrich the Second. The Sicilian on the imperial throne. Munich 2010, p. 28. Critical to this: Hubert Houben: Friedrich II., A Sicilian on the imperial throne? In: Sources and research from Italian archives and libraries 97, 2017, pp. 83–98 ( online ).
  5. Stephan Speicher: Plagiarism suspected at the publishing house CH Beck, turning points in world history copied from Wikipedia. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , April 24, 2014.
    Anna-Lena Roth: Copy at Wikipedia: Two historians get caught in a plagiarism storm. In: Spiegel Online , April 23, 2014.
  6. Verlag CH Beck: opinion of the publisher CH Beck to allegations of plagiarism against the book "Great sea battles. Turning points in world history from Salamis to Skagerrak ”by Arne Karsten and Olaf B. Rader. ( Memento of the original from April 30, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / chbeck.de
  7. Hannes Hintermeier: Plagiarism allegation against historian's book. But too much wiki. In: FAZ.NET , April 29, 2014;
    See: without author: Plagiarism at the publishing house CH Beck. Publisher stops selling history books. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , April 30, 2014.
    Without author: CH Beck does not continue to deliver 'Great Sea Battles'. In: Börsenblatt , April 29, 2014.
    Sven Felix Kellerhoff : The battle for plagiarism is becoming increasingly absurd. Scientific practice in times of digital denunciation: two historians are accused of copying from Wikipedia. Is repeating facts theft of intellectual property? In: Die Welt , April 25, 2014.
    Sven Felix Kellerhoff: Plagiarism Discussion - Publisher withdraws book. In the dispute over scientific work, the publishing house CH Beck takes a radical step: Although the allegations are largely false, the volume “Große Seeschlachten” is no longer delivered. In: Die Welt , April 29, 2014.
  8. Patrick Bahners : Everything written brilliantly, even if not always by our author. The wrong Friedriche and the wrong non-fiction books: The plagiarism case “Great Sea Battles” at the publishing house CH Beck is treated somewhat nonchalantly there. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , May 7, 2014, No. 105, p. N4. ( online ) Critical to Bahner's contribution: Martin Bauch: Breitseiten und Rohrkrepierer - on the relationship between features, plagiarism and historical non-fiction. In: Middle Ages. Interdisciplinary research and reception history. hypotheses.org. May 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Review of Otto Wenzel in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswwissenschaft 62 (2014), pp. 1035-1037.