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International Master's Degrees M.A. History and Culture of the Baltic Sea Region

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Five professorships represent the individual historical epochs and across epochs, the history of specific regions. In addition, the area of ancient history and didactics of history is represented and the subjects of Greek and Latin studies are located at the institute. Courses are offered in ancient history, medieval history, early modern history, modern history including contemporary history, and Nordic and Eastern European history.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO) and the Epigraphical Research unit Arbeitsstelle Inschriften are located at the Department of History.

Members of the Department of History also participates in the current International Research Training Group 2560 "Baltic Peripeties. Narratives of Reformations, Revolutions and Catastrophes", a joint research programme of three universities in the Baltic Sea region - Greifswald, Tartu and Trondheim. At the IRTG, doctoral students and professors research the narrative constructions of the Baltic Sea region in an interdisciplinary environment and with the focus on the concept of “peripety”.

In 1863, the institute was founded as the Historical Seminar by Arnold Dietrich Schäfer and renamed the Department of History in 1951. The institute was the place of work of Heinrich Otto Seeck (1881-1907), Ernst Bernheim (1883-1921), Fritz Curschmann (1904-1939), Adolf Hofmeister (1921-1955), Hans Glogan (1912-1934), Konrad Fritze (1953-1991) and among others.

The Greifswald historian Ernst Bernheim was professor of medieval history and historical sciences at the University of Greifswald from 1883 to 1921. In 1895/96 as well as in 1909 he was also Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and 1899 Rector of the University. His best known for an influential Lehrbuch der historischen Methode (1889) on historical method.



Department of History

Head of Department

Professorin Dr. Cornelia Linde

Departmental advisory service

Dr. Hans-Martin Moderow
Research assistant to the managing director
Advisory service for degree courses in Lehramt Gymnasium (History) and Lehramt Regionale (History) and Master of Arts (Geschichtswissenschaft)
Phone: +49 (0)3834 420-3336

Dr. Ralf-Gunnar Werlich
Advisory service for degree courses in Bachelor of Arts (History)
Phone: +49 (0)3834 420-3313

Department Student Council (Fachschaftsrat - FSR) History
Domstraße 9a
D-17487 Greifswald
Room 0.02
Phone: +49 (0)3834 420-32 44


Staff A-Z

Please consult Staff A-Z (in German) for contacts and rooms.


IFZO Sets New Standards in Regional Research

After a concept phase of two years, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO) is now entering its first research phase (2021–2026). The official digital launch took place on 2 June 2021. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the interdisciplinary research approach “Fragmented Transformations” with 10.6 million euros. As a university institution, IFZO strives to play a leading role in the study of the Baltic Sea region. But the research centre is also a competent partner for science, politics, business, and society when it comes to sharing research results and exchanging information with people in the region.