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Comparative Regional History and Early Modern History

Our research and teaching cover two disciplines: comparative regional history with a focus on Bavaria and early modern history.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Ullmann

Regional history is dedicated to the historical development of the German states from a political, economic, cultural, and sociohistorical perspective. Here at the KU we specialize in the development of the historical territories that are now part of the Free State of Bavaria. Bavaria has been subject to continuous change throughout its history. Since its borders have changed over time, the area that we study varies accordingly in different periods of history. The geographical area where the historical developments that we are interested in took place does not always correspond to the area inside the borders of the modern-day Free State of Bavaria. Structural processes through which spaces are formed are a key consideration in our research of spatial factors that have an important influence on politics, economics, or society. By taking them into account, we discover imperial territories and Jewish territories, for example, that are not confined to state borders.

While the discipline of regional history is primarily defined by the space that it analyzes, in early modern history it is the time period that is the defining factor. This discipline deals with the three centuries between 1500 and 1800 in which key historical developments took place. These include, for example, the reformation and the process of confessionalization, the formation of early modern states, and the beginnings of globalization. The period is characterized to a great extent by protests in the cities and unrest in the countryside, during which the feudal authorities’ claims to power were called into question over and over again.

Students have the opportunity to study regional history and early modern history as part of various Bachelor’s, Master’s, and teaching degree programs at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Detailed information is available in German at http://www.ku.de/ggf/geschichte/.