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Institute Director

Prof. Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel

Professor of Eastern European History at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich (LMU)

Subject: History
E-Mail: Martin.SchulzeWessel[at]

Research Areas

History of religion in Eastern and East Central Europe
History of empires in Eastern Europe
Social history in nineteenth-century Russia
Historiography and historical thought in Russia
History of East Central Europe (in particular Czech history since 1848)
Transnational relations in Eastern, Central, and Western Europe

Personal Data

  • Born in 1962
  • Studies in modern history, Eastern European history, and Slavic studies in Munich, Moscow, and Berlin
  • 1990-1995: Research assistant at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute at the Freie Universität in Berlin
  • DAAD scholarship holder at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow (1991)
  • Dissertation on the conception of Prussia in Russia from the eighteenth to the twentieth century (Freie Universität Berlin 1994)
  • 1996-2002: Academic assistant at the Historical Institute of the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany
  • 1997/98: Member of a project team at the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (Humanities Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe) in Leipzig
  • Habilitation thesis on Roman-Catholic and Russian Orthodox clerics as agents of religious change in the Bohemian Lands and in (Soviet) Russia (Halle 2001)
  • 2003- present: Professor of Eastern European History at the Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU), Munich
  • 2009-2011: Research professorship under the LMUexcellent initiative


  • Head of the Collegium Carolinum (Research Institute for the History of the Czech Lands and Slovakia)
  • Chairman of the German Historical Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e. V.)
  • Member of the advisory boards of the Deutsches Historisches Institut (German Historical Institute) in Warsaw, of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Center for Contemporary History) in Potsdam, of the Georg-Eckert-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung (Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research), and of the Deutsches Polen Institut (German Institute for Poland) in Darmstadt
  • Programme Speaker for the Honours Master's Programme Eastern European Studies (Elite Network Bavaria)
  • Programme Speaker of the international research project Cultures of Religion in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe at the LMU Munich and at the Charles University in Prague (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Czech Science Foundation)
  • Editor of the journals Bohemia and Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (Yearbooks on Eastern Europe History)
  • Co-editor of the journal Geschichte und Gesellschaft (History and Society)
  • Member of the German-Czech and German-Slovak historical commission (Chairman from 2006 to 2012)
  • Member of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Fachkollegium Neuere und Neueste Geschichte der Deutschen (Expert Group on Modern and Contemporary History)
  • Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
  • Spokesman of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (LMU Munich/University of Regensburg)


Religious History in Eastern and East Central Europe
The History of the Habsburg Monarchy and Czechoslovakia
Eastern Europe from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century
Russian Cultural and Social History
History of Transnationality
Methodologies and the History of Research
Journalistic Texts


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