Valentin Groebner

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Valentin Groebner, 2013 in Frankfurt am Main

Valentin Groebner (born May 9, 1962 in Vienna ) is an Austrian historian of medieval history.

Valentin Groebner studied at the Universities of Vienna , Marburg and Hamburg . In 1991 he received his doctorate from the University of Bielefeld with the thesis Economy without a House: On the Economics of Poor People in Nuremberg at the End of the 15th Century . He worked as an assistant at the University of Basel , where he completed his habilitation in 1998 with the work dangerous gifts: ritual, politics and the language of corruption in the Confederation in the late Middle Ages and at the beginning of the modern era . Since 1997 he has been co-editor of the historical anthropology journal . In 1999/2000 he was visiting professor at Harvard University . Since 2004 he has been professor of general and Swiss history of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at the University of Lucerne, succeeding Guy P. Marchal . He has been a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry since 2017 . He is a member of the Swiss Society for Economic and Social History and co-editor of the magazine for the history of ideas .



  • Who is talking about purity? A little conceptual history. Passagen Verlag, Vienna 2019, ISBN 978-3-70920-359-0 .
  • Retroland. History tourism and the longing for the authentic. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2018, ISBN 978-3-10-397366-2 .
  • with Michael Blatter: Wilhelm Tell, Import - Export: A hero on the move. Hier + Jetzt, Baden 2016, ISBN 978-3-03919-387-5 .
  • I-posters: A story of the face as an attention machine. S. Fischer. Frankfurt am Main 2015, ISBN 978-3-10-002403-9 .
  • Science language. A manual. Konstanz University Press, Konstanz 2012, ISBN 978-3-86253-025-0 .
  • The Middle Ages don't stop. About historical telling. CH Beck, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-406-57093-3 .
  • The cultures of cultural history. Part 2: Einstein Forum, Potsdam, June 2002, Video-CD-ROM, 29 minutes (= Content-TV-Edition. Volume 7). Avinus, Berlin 2005, ISBN 978-3-930064-34-2 (English).
  • The appearance of the person. Profile, identification and control in Europe in the Middle Ages. CH Beck, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-406-52238-6 .
    • in English: Who are you? Identification, deception, and surveillance in early modern Europe. Translated by Mark Kyburz and John Peck. Zone Books, Brooklyn NY 2007, ISBN 978-1-89095-172-6 .
    • in Italian: Storia dell'identità personale e della sua certificazione. Scheda segnaletica, documento di identità e controllo nell'Europa moderna (= Biblioteca di Storia. Volume 9). Traduzione di Andrea Michler. Casagrande, Bellinzona 2008, ISBN 978-88-7713-493-6 .
    • in Swedish: Personbevis. Passets födelse i medeltidens Europa (= Mediehistoriskt Bibliotek. Volume 5). Efterord: Maria Johansen. Översättning från tyskan: Tommy Andersson. Editor: Thomas Götselius. Glänta Production, Göteborg 2009, ISBN 978-91-86133-07-8 .
  • with Peter Geimer: Lone appearance: do you actually like going to lectures? Edited by Julia Blume and Karl Bose. Lecture at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (= Allaphbed. Volume 10). Institute for Book Art, Leipzig 2006, ISBN 3-932865-43-X .
  • Shapeless. The visual culture of violence in the Middle Ages. Hanser, Munich et al. 2003, ISBN 3-446-20373-7 .
  • Dangerous gifts. Ritual, politics and the language of corruption in the Confederation in the late Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era (= conflicts and culture, historical perspectives. Volume 4). UVK Universitätsverlag Konstanz, Konstanz 2000, ISBN 3-87940-741-X (complete at the same time: Basel, Universität, habilitation paper, 1998).
  • Economy without a house. On the economy of poor people in Nuremberg at the end of the 15th century (= publications of the Max Planck Institute for History. Volume 108). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen 1993, ISBN 3-525-35645-5 (also: Bielefeld, University, dissertation, 1991).


  • War economy and economic wars / Economie de guerre et guerres économiques (= Swiss Society for Economic and Social History. Volume 23, Volume 23). Chronos, Zurich 2008, ISBN 978-3-03-400902-7 .
  • with Bernhard Jussen , Gadi Algazi : Negotiating the Gift: Pre-Modern Figurations of Exchange (= publications of the Max Planck Institute for History. Volume 188). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2003, ISBN 978-3-525-35186-4 .

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  1. See the discussions by Werner Trossbach in: Blätter für deutsche Landesgeschichte 131 (1995), pp. 573-575 ( online ); Pierre Monnet in: Francia 23 (1996), pp. 363–365 ( online )
  2. ^ Membership page at the German Academy for Language and Poetry