Robert-Tarek Fischer

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Robert-Tarek Fischer (born March 7, 1965 in Mödling ) is an Austrian historian , non-fiction author and ministerial official .


Fischer studied history as well as journalism and communication science at the University of Vienna . In 1994 he obtained his master's degree. He then wrote his dissertation on “The Palestine Policy of the Danube Monarchy in World War I” under the supervision of Gerald Stourzh . In 1997 he was promoted to Dr. phil. PhD.

After some project work in the historical area, Robert-Tarek Fischer started his full-time job in the Austrian Federal Chancellery in 1997 . At the same time he appeared as the author of historical publications. His main research interests include modern history in the 19th and early 20th centuries, namely the relationship between Austria and the Middle East up to 1918 and Prussian-German history from 1848. Another research focus of Fischer relates to the history of Central Europe in the late 12th century.


In 2019 Robert-Tarek Fischer acted as a scientific advisor and commentator on the TV documentary "Richard the Lionheart: A King in a Trap". The production, realized by Interspot Film for ORF , ZDF and ARTE , with Philipp Hochmair in the role of Richard the Lionheart, was premiered by ORF 2 on October 22, 2019 as part of the “ Universum History ” series . ORF 2 also showed an accompanying interview in the series “Mittag in Österreich” on October 22, 2019. The TV film “Richard Löwenherz - Gefangen in Niederösterreich”, in which Robert-Tarek Fischer also participated as a commentator, was broadcast by ORF 2 on December 22, 2019 and June 21, 2020 as well as 3sat on January 21, 2020.

Publications (selection)

  • Habsburg and the Holy Land. Principles of the Austrian Palestine Policy 1840–1918. In: Perry, Yaron / Petry, Erik (ed.): The awakening of Palestine in the 19th century. Alex Carmel on his 70th birthday, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart-Berlin-Cologne 2001, pp. 61–69
  • Austria-Hungary's struggle for the Holy Land. Imperial Palestine Policy in World War I. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main 2004, ISBN 978-3-631-52268-4
  • Ballhausplatz and Star of David. Austro-Hungarian diplomacy and the Austro-Hungarian Jews of Palestine in the time of crisis of the First World War 1914–1918. In: Communications of the Austrian State Archives, Volume 51 (2004), pp. 301–336
  • Austria in the Middle East. The great power politics of the Habsburg Monarchy in the Arab Orient 1633–1918. Böhlau Verlag, Vienna-Cologne-Weimar 2006, ISBN 978-3-205-77459-4
  • Richard I the Lionheart 1157–1199. Myth and Reality. Böhlau Verlag, Vienna-Cologne-Weimar 2006
  • “The only colony of our monarchy” - the fate of the Jewish protective community in Palestine. In: Patka, Marcus G .: Doomsday. Jewish life and death in the First World War. Styria Premium, Vienna 2014, pp. 110-118, ISBN 978-3222134340
  • The Emperor's Jewish soldiers in the Holy Land. In: Patka, Marcus G .: Doomsday. Jewish life and death in the First World War. Styria Premium, Vienna 2014, pp. 119–125, ISBN 978-3222134340
  • Richard I. the Lionheart. Icon of the Middle Ages. Böhlau Verlag, Vienna-Cologne-Weimar 2019, ISBN 978-3-205-20980-5

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. "Universum History" - shooting with Philipp Hochmair as "Richard the Lionheart" , OTS0073 from August 14, 2019
  2. "Universe History" -doku "Richard the Lionheart: A king in the case" presents the ORF regional studios Lower Austria , OTS0120 from October 17, 2019
  3. "Richard the Lionheart - Trapped in Lower Austria" , OTS0199 of June 16, 2020
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