Ulrich in the courtyard

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Ulrich Im Hof (born August 14, 1917 in St. Gallen ; † July 29, 2001 in Köniz ; authorized to reside in Basel and Schaffhausen ) was a Swiss historian .


The son of a lawyer studied history and German at the University of Basel , a. a. with Werner Kaegi . During his studies, Im Hof ​​became a member of the Zofingia . It was in 1944 with a dissertation on Isaac Iselin doctorate .

Until 1968 he worked as a high school teacher in St. Gallen, Basel and Bern . He was chairman of the association of Swiss history teachers and chairman of the working committee for advanced training courses in citizenship education . From 1965 he was a member of the Council of the General History Research Society of Switzerland .

In 1965 he was at the University of Bern habilitation , where he in 1968 for extraordinary and in 1970 full professor for Swiss history of the early modern period was appointed. In 1982 he retired .

He was particularly concerned with the 18th century, the history of universities and socializing in the ancien régime .

He was married to the escape assistant and human rights activist Anne-Marie Im Hof-Piguet .

Fonts (selection)

  • Isaak Iselin: His life and the development of his thinking up to the writing of the "history of mankind" from 1764. 2 volumes. Schwabe, Basel 1947. (Dissertation)
  • Isaak Iselin and the Late Enlightenment. Francke, Munich / Bern 1967. (Habilitation thesis)
  • Enlightenment in Switzerland. Francke, Bern 1970.
  • History of Switzerland. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1974 ( Urban Pocket Books. Vol. 188). 8th edition: Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3-17-019912-5 .
  • The Sociable Century: Society and Societies in the Age of Enlightenment. Beck, Munich 1982, ISBN 3-406-08708-6 .
  • The Swiss Myth: Identity, Nation, History 1291–1991. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich 1991, ISBN 3-85823-270-X .
  • The Europe of the Enlightenment. Beck, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-406-37091-8 ( Europe building. ).


  • Nicolai Bernard, Quirinus Reichen (Ed.): Society and societies. Festschrift for the 65th birthday of Professor Dr. Ulrich in the courtyard. Wyss, Bern 1982, ISBN 3-7285-0046-1 .
  • Beatrix Mesmer : Obituary Ulrich Im Hof ​​(1917–2001). In: Bern journal for history. 63rd year (2001), issue 4, p. 57 f. ( online ).
  • Im Hof, Ulrich , in: Friedhelm Golücke : Author's lexicon for student and university history. SH-Verlag, Cologne 2004, ISBN 3-89498-130-X . Pp. 154-155.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lucienne Hubler: In the courtyard, Ulrich. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .