Rudolf Morsey

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Rudolf Morsey, 2017
Rudolf Morsey at a memorial session of the Federal Council in Bonn (1988)
Rudolf Morsey 1988 with Bernhard Vogel

Rudolf Morsey (born October 16, 1927 in Recklinghausen ) is a German historian . He is a professor emeritus for modern history in Speyer .


After his Abitur in 1947 at the Paulinum grammar school in Münster , which was delayed by military service and prisoner of war , Morsey studied primarily with Kurt von Raumer and Werner Conze at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. He completed his habilitation in 1966 at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn . After a brief activity (1966–1970) as a full professor at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg , he moved to the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer in 1970 , where he stayed until 1996 despite other offers. In 1996 he devoted his farewell lecture to the topic of " Brüning and Adenauer - Two Ways of German Politics in the 20th Century". From 1968 to 1998 he headed the Commission for the History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties in Bonn .

Morsey is regarded as the leading historian of the prehistory and early history of the Federal Republic of Germany, of political Catholicism and Christian democracy, as well as of the Nazi resistance fighter Fritz Gerlich, who was murdered in the Dachau concentration camp . An early encounter with the “center prelate” Georg Schreiber , who provided important impulses for German science and cultural policy in the Weimar Republic, was important for his focus on teaching and research . Along with Hans-Peter Schwarz, Morsey is considered to be one of the best experts on Konrad Adenauer, and with him he oversaw the publication of Adenauer's estate ( Rhöndorfer edition ). Up to 2011, 17 volumes were published. From 1979 to 2000 he was co-editor of the historical yearbook , 1979–1998 of the journal Die Verwaltung and 1986 to 2000 of the journal Geschichte im Westen . He researched the history of North Rhine-Westphalia , Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate .

From 1982 to 1985 he was chairman of the working group of non-university historical research institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany , from 1977 to 2002 vice-president of the Görres Society for the Maintenance of Science .

He is still a member of the Commission for Contemporary History ( Bonn ), of which he was a co-founder in 1962, and the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences ( Munich ), honorary member of the Commission for the History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties (Berlin) and the Advisory board of the Institute for Contemporary History (Munich / Berlin) and corresponding member of the Historical Commission for Westphalia (Münster) and the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts ( Düsseldorf ).

Rudolf Morsey lives in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse .


Fonts (selection)

Complete list of Morsey publications 1949–2017 on the DOPUS document server of the University of Speyer with the 1339 publications of the scientist as PDF files.

  • The highest Reich administration under Bismarck 1867–1890 (= New Munster Contributions to Historical Research , Volume 3). Aschendorff, Münster 1957.
  • The German Center Party. In: Rudolf Morsey / Erich Matthias : The end of the parties. Droste, Düsseldorf 1960, pp. 281–453.
  • The German Center Party 1917–1923 (= Contributions to the History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties , Volume 32). Droste, Düsseldorf 1966.
  • The downfall of political Catholicism. The Center Party between Christian self-image and the “National Revolt” 1932/33. Belser, Stuttgart 1977.
  • The Federal Republic of Germany. Origin and development until 1969 (= Oldenbourg floor plan of history , volume 19). Oldenbourg, Munich 1987 (5th edition 2007).
  • Heinrich Luebke. A political biography. Schöningh, Paderborn et al. 1996.
  • From Windthorst to Adenauer. Selected essays on politics, administration and political Catholicism in the 19th and 20th centuries. Edited by Ulrich von Hehl , Hans Günter Hockerts , Horst Möller , Martin Schumacher, Hans-Peter Schwarz. Schöningh, Paderborn 1997, ISBN 3-506-73381-8 .
  • Fritz Gerlich. An early opponent of Hitler and National Socialism. Schöningh, Paderborn et al. 2016.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rudolf Morsey. on: .
  2. ^ Festschrift Rudolf Morsey (1992). on: .