Institut für Geschichte


Director of the Institute

Prof. Dr. Michael Sommer 


Schmelter, Tina

+49 (0)441 798-4507

A11 1-110

Koops, Angelika

+49 (0)441 798 2609

A11 1-111

+49 (0)441 798-3021


Carl von Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg
Fakultät IV - Institut für Geschichte
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
26129 Oldenburg



  • Christina Beckers
  • Frank Schmekel
  • Annika Raapke


Contract teacher/cooperation partner

  • Hon.-Prof. Dr. Gerd Steinwascher (State Archive Oldenburg)

Early Modern History

Early Modern History

Department of Early Modern History

Criticism of the reigning class: around 1588/89 originated caricature of the authorities in Amberg
(Bavarian National Museum, Munich)


Politics and cultural history of England and Germany in early modern times, women´s and gender history, area and regional history, particularly public sphere and political culture, forms of sovereignty and its practices, inter-confessional cohabitation, minorities in North West Europe, practices and limitations of subjectivization.


Aim of teaching is to imagine the awakening character of this epoch (c.1500-1800) so to say as a “modernity book of samples” and simultaneously the historical properties and foreignness of early modern times, and thus work out crucial features of this epoch. In order to achieve this goal, structure historical and experience historical coherences illustrated, and there will be an introduction into the respective methods for the analysis of structural and cultural historical phenomena, and relevant sources. Besides the transfer of scientific knowledge and the deepening of theory and methodology there will be a guidance for autonomous, source related scientific working with the practice of methodical and theoretic concepts. Especial emphasis is put on autonomous development of historical questioning. The choice of topics is oriented on orientation requirements of the present as well as on current questions of research in early modern times and thus research related and society reflective. The courses have as a rule a European and cultural historical themed component and deepen the ability to work historically comparative and inter-disciplinarily. The consideration of gender as an analytical category is a characteristic of all courses.


The aim of the colloquium is to make interested students in addition to the general curriculum familiar with the landscape of history of the early modern period in Northwest Europe from the fifth semester onwards and possibly identify topics for the final papers. During the colloquium various research projects, in particular ones in Germany, England and the Netherlands will be presented and recent research trends in Early Modern Studies discussed. In addition, the Colloquium offers students the opportunity to present their own projects (theses). The programme is supplemented by guest lectures.


Currently interdisciplinary research projects are in preparation. More detailed information you can find at the Department of Early Modern History.

  • DFG-Research Group "Self-Making: Practices of Subjectivation in Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspective"
  • VW-Stiftung "Ländliche Eliten"
  • Weitere Forschungsprojekte

Diasporas as Translocal Societies
Tagung der NESICT (Networks, Economic and Social Interaction and Cultural Transfer in Northern Europe), A5 1-160 

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