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The Early Modern Period section has a long and eventful history. While “Allgemeine Geschichte mit vorzugsweiser Berücksichtigung der neueren Geschichte” (General History with a focus on Modern History) had already been taught in Graz since 1865, it was not until 1919 – rather late in comparison to other Austrian universities – that modern history was established as an independent sub-discipline of historical science. Since 1946, however, it forms its own section and not simply a singular professorship, as was the case before 1919 and again at the beginning of the 1930s. The late establishment of a separate section for contemporary history (1984) meant that until 2013, modern history teaching and research spanned the entire period from the 16th to the 20th centuries.



In 2017, modern history teaching and research entered a new chapter of its long and eventful history: The General Modern History section became the History of the Early Modern Period section. This reorientation was based on a recommendation (development plan) of an international commission of experts and adopted by the management bodies of the university. It not only reflects the section’s traditional focus on the period between (ca.) 1500 and (ca.) 1800, but also the fact that researchers and academic staff are concentrating exclusively on this historical area, as two associate professorships have been vacant since 2004 and 2013 respectively.

At the History of the Early Modern Period section, modern history from the late 15th to the middle of the 19th century is researched and taught in a local, regional and European context. It is the ambivalence of this epoch in the way it looks back to the Middle Ages and ahead to subsequent Modernity that makes it particularly fascinating, especially in the light of current social developments.

In research and teaching, the section primarily focuses on the history of early modern political culture in Europe, paying special attention to aspects of legal, media and communication history, as well as to the field of 18th century knowledge cultures and historical museology. Ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. phil. Marlies Raffler, the only historian at our university whose habilitation thesis deals with the field of historical museology, teaches in this section. For more than two decades, the section has been organising and administering the certified subject focus “Culture Management – Applied Cultural Studies”, which allows students of all disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities to acquire a practical additional qualification. The Austrian Center for Intelligence, Propaganda & Security Studies, headed by Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Siegfried Beer, not only garners the attention of the scientific community, but also that of the wider public.

Leiterin des Arbeitsbereichs

Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.

Gabriele Haug-Moritz

Institut für Geschichte

Institut für Geschichte

Phone:+43 316 380 - 2354


Attemsgasse 8/III Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit
Brigitte Knaus Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 2365

WED: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
THU: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
FRI: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m

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