Ulrich Muhlack

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Ulrich Muhlack (born October 3, 1940 in Königsberg ) is a German historian .

Ulrich Muhlack studied history and Latin from 1960 to 1965 at the universities of Frankfurt am Main and Göttingen . In 1965 he passed the first state examination for teaching at grammar schools. The following year he received his doctorate in Frankfurt am Main with a dissertation on France in the politics of the Prussian statesman Wilhelm von Humboldt . From 1972 he was professor for general historical methodology and the history of historiography at the University of Frankfurt am Main. He has been retired since the summer semester of 2006. Muhlack's academic students include a. Gerrit Walther . On his 65th birthday he was honored with the publication of his writings in the form of an anthology. The volume bundles a total of 14 essays by Muhlack that were published between 1978 and 2004.

Muhlack has dealt intensively with the theory of history and the historiography of humanism (especially using the example of Beatus Rhenanus ). His 1991 synthesis of historical studies in humanism and in the enlightenment. The prehistory of historicism is considered to be its most important monographic publication. He is currently working on an edition of Leopold von Ranke's correspondence on behalf of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences .



  • Contemporary France in Humboldt's politics (= historical studies. H. 400). Matthiesen, Lübeck / Hamburg 1967 (dissertation, University of Frankfurt am Main, 1966).
  • with Ada Hentschke : Introduction to the history of classical philology. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1972, ISBN 3-534-05671-X .
  • History in Humanism and the Enlightenment. The prehistory of historicism. Beck, Munich 1991, ISBN 3-406-35091-7 .
  • with Hubert Wolf , Dominik Burkard: Ranke's “Popes” on the index. Dogma and history in conflict (= Roman Inquisition and Index Congregation. Vol. 3). Schöningh, Paderborn / Munich / Vienna / Zurich 2003, ISBN 3-506-77674-6 .
  • State system and historiography. Selected essays on humanism and historicism, absolutism and the Enlightenment (= historical research. Vol. 83). Edited by Notker Hammerstein and Gerrit Walther. Duncker and Humblot, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-428-12025-6 .


  • Leopold von Ranke : The great powers / political conversation. Edited, commented and with an afterword by Ulrich Muhlack. Insel, Frankfurt am Main / Leipzig 1995, ISBN 3-458-33476-9 .
  • Historicization and social change in Germany in the 19th century (= knowledge culture and social change. Vol. 5). Academy, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-05-003841-1 .

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  1. ^ A b Paul Gerhard Schmidt (Ed.): Humanism in the German Southwest. Biographical profiles. Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1993, p. 290.
  2. Ulrich Muhlack: State system and historiography. Selected essays on humanism and historicism, absolutism and the Enlightenment. Berlin 2006.