Reinhold Reith

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Reinhold Reith (born April 15, 1955 in Konstanz ) is a German historian . From 2007 to 2012 he was head of the history department at the Faculty of Culture and Social Sciences at the University of Salzburg .


Reith attended the St. Stephan elementary school in Konstanz between 1962 and 1966 and then continued his education at the Humboldt-Gymnasium, where he graduated from high school in 1975. Between October 1975 and February 1976 he completed an internship or an industrial semester at Rieter Werke Konstanz in the iron foundry and machine factory. Reith also studied mechanical engineering in the field of construction and process engineering at the Konstanz University of Applied Sciences from October 1975 to December 1976 , but in 1976 switched to basic social science studies with the main subjects history and political science at the University of Konstanz , where he took his master's degree in 1981 History and political science subjects. In 1982 he got a job as a research assistant in the research project "Historical Industrial Disputes Statistics of the 18th Century" at the University of Konstanz as part of the research focus of the DFG "Historical Statistics" and was then from 1985 to 1988 as a research assistant in the research project "Social Movements 1806–1888 “Employed at the University of Konstanz. He received his doctorate in 1987 on the subject of "Working and living in urban crafts". phil. at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Konstanz and subsequently received a research grant from the German Research Foundation in 1988 .

Reith worked again as a research assistant between 1989 and 1993, but switched to Faculty 1 at the Technical University of Berlin and worked in the field of technology history as well as editor of the journal " Technikgeschichte ". He then received a research grant at the Institute for Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna (Lise Meitner grant from the FWF) for the years 1993 to 1994 and then moved back to the TU Berlin as a research assistant between 1994 and 1999, where he worked in the department History and communication studies in the history of technology was employed. In Berlin Reith wrote his habilitation thesis “Wages and Performance. Forms of wages in trade, 1450–1900 ”, with which he received the license to teach“ Economic, Social and Technical History ”. In addition, he was appointed as a private lecturer, but he declined an offer to professorship for “History with a focus on social and technological history” at the Munich University of Applied Sciences . In 1998 he was elected deputy chairman of the Society for Historical Migration Research (GHM).

In 1999 Reith was appointed full professor for economic and social history at the Institute for History of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Salzburg. In 2000, Reith was elected chairman of the personnel senate by the faculty council of the humanities faculty of the University of Salzburg, followed in 2001 by his election and appointment as vice dean and dean of studies of the humanities faculty. He held both functions until 2004. He was also a member of the founding convention of the University of Salzburg from 2003 to 2004 and in 2005 was appointed a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Georg Agricola Society for the Promotion of the History of Natural Sciences and Technology . Reith has been chairman of the board of the “Society for the History of Technology” and a member of the Senate of the University of Salzburg since 2006, and from 2007 to 2012 head of the history department at the Faculty of Culture and Social Sciences and a member of the Faculty Council.


  • Schloß Raesfeld Prize of German Craftsmen (2000)


  • Environmental history of the early modern period. Oldenbourg, Munich 2011 (= Encyclopedia of German History , Vol. 89), ISBN 3-486-57622-4 .
  • with Birgit Pelzer: margarine. The career of artificial butter. Wagenbach, Berlin 2001.
  • Wages and performance. Forms of wages in trade 1450–1900. Steiner, Stuttgart 1999.
  • Work and lifestyle in urban handicrafts. On the social history of Augsburg journeymen in the 18th century (1700–1806). Schwartz, Göttingen 1988.
  • The April uprising of 1848 in Constance. On the biographical dimension of “treason and turmoil”. Attempt to analyze historical protest. Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1982.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Vademecum of the historical sciences , 10th edition, 2012/2013, Steiner, Stuttgart 2012, p. 534.