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Karl Otmar von Aretin

Historiker und Zeitgenosse

Edited By Christof Dipper and Jens Ivo Engels

Im Rahmen einer eintägigen Konferenz an der TU Darmstadt, deren Beiträge in diesem Band wiedergegeben sind, hat das Institut für Geschichte das Lebenswerk seines Gründers Karl Otmar Freiherr von Aretin in seinem ganzen Umfang ausgelotet. Der im März 2014 verstorbene Historiker war zweifellos das prominenteste Mitglied des Instituts. Die Zahl seiner nationalen und internationalen Ehrungen, seine Doppelrolle als Professor in Darmstadt und Direktor der Universalgeschichtlichen Abteilung des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte Mainz, seine Funktionen namentlich innerhalb der Organisationen der Geschichtswissenschaft und nicht zuletzt seine enorme Publikationsliste zeigen das eindrücklich.

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Der Zeithistoriker Aretin oder: Wer war Aretin bei seiner Berufung 1964? by Christof Dipper The article presents the exceptional character of Aretin’s contributions to current history which were as unconventional as clear sighted and accom- panied by critical analyses of present times published mostly in newspapers and non-scientific journals� But it was just this democratic perspective of historiography which earned him the sympathy of Eugen Kogon, the politi- cal scientist in search of a valuable counterbalance to a fellow-historian in the Faculty whose papers and books became more and more scandalous� So Aretin was appointed to a full professorship of contemporary history with- out any publication in university-based journals and without any ‘serious’ book on current history� Yet Aretin soon met Kogon’s expectations and thus became the founding-father of the Department of History at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt� Karl Otmar von Aretins Bedeutung für die Frühneuzeitforschung by Winfried Schulze The article tries to examine more closely the importance of Karl Otmar von Aretin with regard to research in modern history� To begin with one has to evaluate his role within the group of scholars headed by Franz Schnabel who re-assessed the era of reform in South-West Germany in the beginning of 19th century� An overall view concludes that von Aretin’s scientific work on the Holy Roman Empire gave access to the whole range of early modern German history: history of the Empire and of the single territories, history of the Church and of the denominations, the history of...

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