Thomas Stamm-Kuhlmann

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Thomas Stamm-Kuhlmann (born May 31, 1953 in Solingen ) is a German historian , retired university professor and local politician ( SPD ).


Stamm-Kuhlmann passed his Abitur in 1971 at the old-language Görres-Gymnasium in Düsseldorf . He then studied - after a semester of biology at the University of Düsseldorf - history, German and ancient history at the University of Bonn and at the Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo / Michigan. After his state examination, he received his doctorate in Bonn in 1980. His dissertation , funded by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung , was on the subject of “ Between State and Self-Administration. German research in reconstruction. 1945–1965 ".

From 1980 to 1992 he worked as a university and senior assistant at the history department of the University of Kiel with Michael Salewski . It was here that his habilitation took place in 1987 , entitled “ King in Prussia's great time. Friedrich Wilhelm III., The melancholic on the throne ”was published in 1992. In this work, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Stamm-Kuhlmann examined the interaction between character and society at a time when the monarchy was in danger.

In 1990 Stamm-Kuhlmann took over a professorship at the (today's) Institute for Science Research in Bielefeld , from 1992 to 1995 he was a deputy professor at the Institute for Modern History at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . In 1996 he took over the chair for General History of the Modern Age at the Historical Institute of the University of Greifswald . From 1997 until his retirement on March 31, 2019, he held this chair as a full professor. From 2014 to 2018 Thomas Stamm-Kuhlmann was Dean of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Greifswald.

Since 2002 he has been a member of the Historical Commission for Pomerania and since 2006 a board member of the Ranke Society (since 2009 Stamm-Kuhlmann has been co-editor of the historical reports of the Ranke Society, which are published once a year by the Franz Steiner Verlag in Stuttgart ). In 2008 Stamm-Kuhlmann was one of the founding members of the Department of Ethics, Theory and History of the Life Sciences at the Medical Faculty of the University of Greifswald . Since 2009 he has been chairman of the Working Group on the History of Prussia eV

From 1985 to 2010 Stamm-Kuhlmann was a liaison professor and a member of the selection committee for student funding of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. 1993–1995 he was a member of the advisory board for the development of the Deutsches Museum Bonn . For the periods 2003–2006 and 2015–2020 he was appointed to the scientific advisory board of the Historisch-Technische Museum Peenemünde , since 2011 he has been a member of the advisory board of the Pomeranian State Museum Greifswald . From 2006 to 2016 Stamm-Kuhlmann was a member of the jury of the Kurt von Fritz Prize for Young Scientists, which was awarded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

His main research interests include the history of Prussia and the history of science . Among other things, Stamm-Kuhlmann has several times to Friedrich Wilhelm III. and the Prussian state chancellor Karl August von Hardenberg researched and published, among other things he was supported by a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

In an interview with the television broadcaster 3sat in November 2013, Stamm-Kuhlmann compared the surveillance activities of the American NSA with the secret police of the 19th century and pointed out that at that time one could evade surveillance through emigration, while the global reach of the NSA is today Anticipate world state.

Stamm-Kuhlmann is a member of the SPD . On May 26, 2019, he was elected to the citizenship of the city of Greifswald for the SPD and is a full member of the committee for economy, tourism and digitization. He is also deputy chairman of the SPD Greifswald.


  • The Hohenzollern. Siedler, Berlin 1995, ISBN 3-88680-485-2 .
  • King in Prussia's great times. Friedrich Wilhelm III., The melancholic on the throne. Siedler, Berlin 1992, ISBN 3-88680-327-9 .
  • Between the state and self-government. German research in reconstruction. 1945-1965. Verlag Wissenschaft u. Politics, Cologne 1981, ISBN 3-8046-8597-8 (at the same time: Bonn, Univ., Diss., 1980).
  • Karl August von Hardenberg. 1750-1822. Diaries and autobiographical records (= German historical sources of the 19th and 20th centuries. Vol. 59). Boldt im Oldenbourg-Verlag, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-486-56277-0 .
  • November 1918. Revolution on the Baltic Sea and in the Reich (= publications of the Historical Commission for Pomerania , V / 53), Böhlau, Cologne et al. 2020, ISBN 978-3-412-51603-1 .
  • On the way to the constitutional state. Prussia and Austria in comparison, 1740–1947 (= sources and research on Brandenburg and Prussian history. Vol. 48). Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-428-15346-6 .
  • with Birgit Aschmann : 1813 in a European context (= historical communications of the Ranke Society. Supplement 89). Steiner, Stuttgart 2015, ISBN 978-3-515-11042-6 .
  • with Niels Hegewisch and Karl-Heinz Spieß : History in Greifswald. Festschrift for the 150th anniversary of the Historical Institute of the University of Greifswald (= contributions to the history of the University of Greifswald. Vol. 11). Steiner, Stuttgart 2015, ISBN 978-3-515-10946-8 .
  • with Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio: Knowledge and Conscience. Historical studies on the goals of science and technology (= history, research and science. Vol. 30). Lit, Berlin et al. 2009, ISBN 978-3-8258-1649-0 .
  • Pomerania in the 19th century. State and social development from a comparative perspective (= publications of the Historical Commission for Pomerania. Vol. 5 = Research on Pomeranian history. Vol. 43). Böhlau, Cologne et al. 2007, ISBN 978-3-412-22806-4 .
  • with Reinhard Wolf: rocket armor and international security from 1942 to the present day (= historical communications from the Ranke Society. Supplement 56). Contributions to the colloquium in Greifswald and Peenemünde on April 2–4. October 2002. Steiner, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-515-08282-4 .
  • with Jürgen Elvert, Birgit Aschmann , Jens Hohensee: history pictures (= historical messages of the Ranke Society. Supplement 47). Festschrift for Michael Salewski on his 65th birthday. Steiner, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-515-08252-2 .
  • "Free Use of Powers". An inventory of Hardenberg research. Oldenbourg, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-486-56631-8 .


  • Where is the education? Enlightenment Discourses in Postmodernism. Festschrift for Thomas Stamm-Kuhlmann (= historical communications of the Ranke Society. Supplements 84). Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 2013, ISBN 978-3-515-10423-4 .

Web links


  1. Thomas Stamm-Kuhlmann: King in Prussia's great time. Friedrich Wilhelm III., The melancholic on the throne. Siedler, Berlin 1992, p. 779 .
  2. ^ Wilhelm von Sternburg: Melancholy and Trauma. In: The time. May 8, 1992, accessed November 23, 2016 .
  3. ^ Former deans - Faculty - University of Greifswald. Retrieved July 17, 2018 .
  4. (PDF) Archived from the original on January 21, 2017 ; accessed on November 14, 2016 .
  5. Thomas Stamm-Kuhlmann: How much commitment can the SPD take? , in:, December 28, 2011 .
  6. Citizens' parliamentary group at SPD Greifswald.
  7. ^ Board member at SPD Greifswald.