Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Heinz Duchhardt

Born 1943  
1963–1968 Studied history, political science and art history in Mainz, Bonn and Vienna
1968 Gained Dr. phil. in Mainz
1970 Academic Assistent to the Historical Seminar of Mainz University
1974 Awarded Dr. habil.
1977 C2 Professor Mainz University
1980–1984 Appointed to vacant professorships in Mannheim, Stuttgart and Bonn
1984–1988 C4 Professor for Early Modern History at Bayreuth University
1988–1995 C4 Professor for Modern History at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster
1994-2011 Director of the Institute for European History, Department of Universal History, Mainz
2009-2015 President of Trustees of the Max Weber Foundation


  • Regular member of the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature
  • Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
  • Memder of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Member of the Historischen Kommissionen Westfalen, Frankfurt, Nassau und Hessen (Darmstadt)
  • Member of the Commission Internationale pour la Publication des Sources de l'Histoire Européenne
  • Member of the "Vereinigung zur Erforschung der Neueren Geschichte"
  • Member of the Advisory Councils of the German Historical Institute Paris (1999–2007), German Historical Institute Moscow (2005–2008), Rezensionsjournal »Sehepunkte« (2002–2008)
  • Regular visiting Professor of the Ocean University Qingdao / PR China
  • Board member of the "Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gesellschaft" (1998–2008)
  • President of the "Stresemann-Gesellschaft" (2002–2008)
  • Secretary of the "Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands" (1996–2004)
  • President of the Max Weber Foundation

Research themes and research projects:

International relations in the pre-modern period, constitutional and social history of the Holy Roman Empire, fundamental research on European themes.
Head of the research project Pre-Modern European Peace Treaties online (German Research Foundation).

List of Publications (in German)