Thomas Kunze

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Thomas Kunze (2014)

Thomas Kunze (born February 23, 1963 in Leipzig ) is a German contemporary historian and author .


Kunze studied history, German and pedagogy in Jena and Leipzig . He was promoted to Dr. phil. PhD.

After the peaceful revolution in the GDR , from 1990 to 1995, Thomas Kunze was head of the immigration office and the office for municipal supervision in the Leipzig district. From 1995 to 2001 he worked as a guest teacher in Romania . Kunze has been working for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation as an expert on Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia since 2002 . From 2002 to 2005 and from 2010 to 2019 he was the foundation's representative in Central Asia (based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan), from 2005 to 2007 he headed the foundation's Russia office, and from 2007 to 2010 the Europe / North America department of the foundation's headquarters and since 2019 he has been the representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in the Russian Federation for the second time. Since 2004 he has held honorary professorships at the Presidential Academy in Tashkent and the Al-Chorezmi State University in Urganch ( Uzbekistan ). He is considered a proponent of stronger German-Russian cooperation. Kunze is a member of the CDU .

Kunze published a large number of books and articles on the development of the states of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is the author of the first biography about the Romanian head of state and party leader Nicolae Ceaușescu , which has been translated into Romanian and Polish and is considered a standard work on the history of communism in Romania. In 2001 the biography of former head of state appeared: The last years of Erich Honecker . ( Leipziger Volkszeitung ): "a masterpiece of recent German historiography". In 2008 the monograph "Russia's Underworlds" was published. In 2010 the volume "Ostalgie international" was published (edited together with Thomas Vogel ). In the anthology “Twenty-one. Dangers of the Century - Chances of the Century “he invited well-known authors from different regions of the world to reflect on possible developments in the 21st century from a variety of perspectives such as security, energy, demography and geopolitics . In 2013 he published a book on the subject of “Personality Cults in the 20th and 21st Centuries”. In the book "The End of the Empire. What Was Made Out of the Former Soviet Republics", which has been published in several updated editions, Thomas Kunze (together with Thomas Vogel ) describes and describes the developments in the former Soviet republics from their independence in the 1990s to the present day. The monograph "Central Asia. Portrait of a Region" followed in 2019.



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Individual evidence

  1. Proces, archive. Romanian
  2. ^ Press comments on Kunze's biography of Ceausescu
  3. The head of state who was a fool by Udo Scheer . The world of January 5, 2002
  4. The book "Twenty One" by Salmuth & Finckenstein
  5. ↑ The President of the State Parliament has awarded the Constitutional Medal, press release 51/2011 of May 28, 2011 ( Memento of June 2, 2011 in the Internet Archive )