Ulrich Reuling

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Ulrich Reuling (born July 22, 1942 in Stuttgart , † October 15, 2000 in Marburg ) was a German historian and athlete . He was world champion in discus throwing .

Family and youth

Ulrich Reuling was one of three children of the lawyer Robert Reuling and Susanne Opitz, married Reuling, and was Protestant . He remained single. From 1949 to 1953 he attended elementary school in Hanover and from 1953 to 1963 the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gymnasium there , where he passed the Abitur .


From 1963 to 1965 he studied history , politics , philosophy and sport at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (at that time still: "physical education"), 1966-1969 he continued his studies with the same subjects at the Philipps University in Marburg and graduated with the first state examination for teaching at grammar schools . Encouraged by Professors Walter Schlesinger and Helmut Beumann , he developed a particular interest in medieval history.

In 1977 he received his doctorate with a thesis on the cure in Germany and France. Investigations into the development of the legal form of voting in the electoral process in the 11th and 12th centuries , an investigation into the importance of voting in the electoral process during this period.


Professional activities

1969–1971 he worked both as a research assistant at the University of Marburg and as a part-time teacher for sports at the comprehensive school in Kirchhain . From 1971/72 he was a university assistant to Helmut Beumann , then a research assistant at the Hessian State Office for Historical Regional Studies , where he became academic councilor in 1979 and senior academic counselor in 1997. He took over investigations for the "Historical Atlas of Hesse", the publication of which is one of the central tasks of the office. As a result, he edited the "historical local dictionary" of the state of Hesse . He published the volumes for the old districts of Marburg , Biedenkopf and Ziegenhain himself during his work. His work on another book about the old circle casting , which he had already advanced far were, after his death in the line available to Hessian Gazetteer taken.


The main focus of his scientific interest was also questions of the medieval king elevations. In addition, there was regional history work on Palatinate , castles and cities, and he devoted himself particularly intensively to Quedlinburg . Occasionally, his studies led well into modern times , such as his study of the Hessian agricultural landscape on the threshold of modernity or Old Hesse - New Hesse - Greater Hesse. The term Hessen in the field of tension between science and politics in the 19th and 20th centuries . His last completed project was the collection of Fifty Years of State History Research in Hesse , the creation and creation of which was based on his initiative and which appeared as the 50th volume of the Hessian Yearbook for State History . The volume gives an overview of Hessian state historical research after the Second World War .

Part-time activities

Ulrich Reuling had been a member of the Marburg Heritage Advisory Council since 1981, and its chairman from 1990 to 1997. In addition, he had been a member of the Hessian State Monument Council, an advisory body for the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art , since 1986 as a representative of the Hessian State Office for Historical Regional Studies , and was elected its chairman in 1995, an office he held until his death. Shortly before his death, Ulrich Reuling received the Goethe plaque from the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art from its minister at the time, Ruth Wagner , for his work in favor of monument protection and preservation in Hesse .

Since 1988 Ulrich Reuling has been the editor of the Hessian Yearbook for Regional History , which is published by the Hessian State Office for Historical Regional Studies. The publication of 13 volumes was his responsibility. From 1988–2000 he was - re-elected several times - at the same time as the State Office's staff council .

From 1992 he held teaching positions at the Department of History and Cultural Studies at the University of Marburg.



Ulrich Reuling was very successful as a discus thrower in the field of athletics in Marburg, in the Marburg-Biedenkopf district, in the Gießen-Wetzlar district and in senior competitions in Hesse and far beyond. He started for the club Blau-Gelb Marburg and was

  • 1983 World Champion in San Juan , Puerto Rico ,
  • 3 times vice world champion (1989 in Eugene, USA , 1991 in Turku , Finland and most recently 1999 in Gateshead , Great Britain ),
  • 1988 European Champion in Verona ,
  • 1996 Vice European Champion in Malmö , Sweden ,
  • 2 times German champion (1980 and 1998) and already 1961 German youth champion in lawn power sports,
  • 6 times German runner-up (1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1995), 3 times he took third place, and
  • 19 times Hesse champion, most recently on June 4, 2000, only a few months before his death.


sorted by year of publication

  • Historical local lexicon Marburg: former district and independent city . Marburg 1979.
  • Tomb of Blessed Gertrude . In: Philipps University of Marburg and the Hessian State Office for Historical Regional Studies (ed.): Sankt Elisabeth, Fürstin, servant, saint. Articles, documentation, catalog. Exhibition on the 750th anniversary of the death of St. Elisabeth, Marburg, Landgrafenschloss and Elisabethkirche, November 19, 1981 - January 6, 1982 . Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1981, pp. 375-377.
  • The Hessian area as a "historical landscape". The development of the historical concepts of space as reflected by the Hessian Atlas companies . In: Hessisches Jahrbuch für Landesgeschichte 34 (1984), pp. 163–192.
  • Historical local lexicon Biedenkopf: former district . Marburg 1986.
  • Weißenstein Castle from a regional historical perspective . In: Hessisches Jahrbuch für Landesgeschichte 39 (1989), pp. 409-422.
  • Historical local lexicon Ziegenhain: former district . Marburg 1991.
  • Imperial reform and national history. Thuringia and Hesse in the regional restructuring discussion of the Weimar Republic . In: Michael Gockel (ed.): Aspects of Thuringian-Hessian history. Hessisches Landesamt für Geschichtliche Landeskunde, Marburg 1992, pp. 257–308.
  • Althessen, Neuhessen, Großhessen. The term Hessen in the area of ​​tension between science and politics in the 19th and 20th centuries . In: Fifty Years of the State of Hesse. Lecture on November 9, 1995 in Kaufungen. Hessian Academy of Research and Planning in Rural Areas, Bad Karlshafen 1995, pp. 13–41.
  • Between political engagement and scientific challenge. The contribution of state history to the debate about the reform of the Weimar Republic in a regional comparison . In: Westfälische Forschungen 46 (1996), pp. 275-315.
  • From the "Atlas workshop" to the state authority. The Hessian State Office for Historical Regional Studies in Marburg in its institutional and research history development under Edmund E. Stengel and Theodor Mayer. In: Walter Heinemeyer (Ed.): Hundred years of historical commission for Hesse. Part 2, Marburg 1997, pp. 1169-1203.
  • “Eight 800s” - Frielendorf is celebrating an unusual anniversary . In: Yearbook for the Schwalm-Eder-Kreis , 1997, pp. 142–149.
  • The Hessian settlement and agricultural landscape on the threshold of modernity. Contribution to a structural analysis based on contemporary descriptions of places. With appendix: questions for the purpose of location descriptions. In: Siedlungsforschung 17 (1999), pp. 117–142.
  • Powerful opponents. Landgraves and Archbishops of Mainz. Insights into the older territorial history of the area . In: Encircled - country and people in Marburg-Biedenkopf. Wetzlar 2000, pp. 36-40.
  • Medieval research and regional history on new paths. The historian E. Stengel as a scientist and science organizer in the twenties . In: The Philipps University of Marburg between the Empire and National Socialism. Edited by the Association for Hessian History and Regional Studies eV, Kassel 2006, pp. 143–164.


Web links


  1. On the basis of the Hessian Monument Protection Act , a monument advisory board is formed as a committee of voluntary professionals for advice at lower monument protection authorities.
  2. Until 1990 he was the editor together with Thomas Klein (1933-2001), since 1996 together with Winfried Speitkamp (Braasch-Schwersmann / Speitkamp: Obituary ).

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Braasch-Schwersmann / Speitkamp: Obituary ; Menk: In memoriam .
  2. Braasch-Schwersmann / Speitkamp: Obituary .
  3. Hessian local dictionary .  In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
  4. See section “Literature”.
  5. Braasch-Schwersmann / Speitkamp: Obituary .
  6. Dr. phil. Ulrich Reuling Goethe plaque to Dr. Ulrich Reuling awarded = press release from the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art. In: Ulrich Reuling on Leichtathletik.de (web links); Braasch-Schwersmann / Speitkamp: Obituary .
  7. Braasch-Schwersmann / Speitkamp: Obituary .
  8. Braasch-Schwersmann / Speitkamp: Obituary .
  9. Information from Walter Jung. In: Leitathletik.de (web links).
  10. ^ Postsportverein Hannover 1926 - History .