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Reiner Groß (born August 3, 1937 in Zwickau ) is a German historian and archivist .

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Between 1954 and 1960 , Groß studied history , historical auxiliary sciences , pedagogy and archival science at the University of Leipzig and the Humboldt University of Berlin . He then got a job as a scientific archivist at what was then the State Main Archive in Dresden . In 1964 , Groß received his doctorate from the University of Rostock with a dissertation on "The bourgeois agrarian reform in Saxony in the first half of the 19th century" . He then taught at the Institute for Archival Studies at the HU Berlin. In 1975, Groß took over the management of the Dresden State Archives, which he held until 1994. In the meantime he completed his habilitation in 1987 at the Bergakademie Freiberg with a thesis on “Saxony between early capitalist development and bourgeois upheaval (16th – 19th centuries)” . In 1994, Groß followed a call from the Technical University of Chemnitz to the professorship for regional history of Saxony , which he held until his retirement in 2002.

Between 1988 and 2008 Reiner Groß was a full member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences , where he headed the historical commission . Groß is co-editor of the atlas on the history and regional studies of Saxony .

Groß supervised the dissertations of Manfred Wilde , Jörg Brückner and Michael Wetzel , among others .


  • The bourgeois agrarian reform in Saxony in the first half of the 19th century. Study on the problem of the transition from feudalism to capitalism in agriculture. Böhlau Verlag, Weimar 1968 ( series of publications by the Dresden State Archives. Volume 8). [Diss. phil., Rostock 1964]
  • Saxony between early capitalist development and bourgeois upheaval (16th to 19th centuries). Aspects of territorial state development. [Habil. Writing, Freiberg 1987]
  • The residence of the Saxon kingdom in the bourgeois upheaval from 1830 to 1871. Kulturakademie Dresden, Dresden 1990, ISBN 3-910-05508-7 ( Contributions to the history of culture. Volume 24).
  • Dresden. Edition Leipzig, Leipzig 1997, ISBN 3-361-00468-3 .
  • History of Saxony. Edition Leipzig, Leipzig 2001, ISBN 3-361-00505-1 .
  • The Wettins. Kohlhammer Verlag, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 3-170-18946-8 .
  • together with Manfred Kobuch : Contributions to archival science and historical research. Böhlau Verlag, Weimar 1977 ( series of publications by the Dresden State Archives. Volume 10).
  • together with Hermann Rumschöttel : Bavaria and Saxony in history. Paths and encounters in archival documents. Joint exhibition of the Bavarian Main State Archives and the Saxon Main State Archives General Directorate of the Bavarian State Archives , Munich 1994, ISBN 3-921-63532-2 ( Exhibition catalogs of the Bavarian State Archives. Volume 32).


  • Renate Wissuwa, Gabriele Viertel , Nina Krüger (eds.): Regional history and archives. Festschrift for Reiner Groß on his 65th birthday. Saxon Printing and Publishing House, Dresden 2002, ISBN 3-933-44256-7 .

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