Famous Historians from Germany

List of notable or famous historians from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top historians born in Germany and even some popular historians who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German historians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These historians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known historian from Germany is included when available.

Richard Plant and Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This historic historians from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German historians of note?" and "Who are the most famous historians from Germany?" These prominent historians of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German historians.

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  • Adolf von Harnack
    Dec. at 79 (1851-1930)
    • Birthplace: Tartu, Estonia
    Carl Gustav Adolf von Harnack (Born Harnack; 7 May 1851 – 10 June 1930) was a Baltic German Lutheran theologian and prominent church historian. He produced many religious publications from 1873 to ...more
  • Albrecht Goetze

    Albrecht Goetze

    Dec. at 74 (1897-1971)
    Albrecht Ernst Rudolf Goetze (January 11, 1897 – August 15, 1971) was a German-American Hittitologist. Goetze was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1897. His father, Rudolf Goetze, was a psychiatrist. He ...more
  • Andreas Hillgruber
    Dec. at 64 (1925-1989)
    • Birthplace: Germany
    Andreas Fritz Hillgruber (18 January 1925 – 8 May 1989) was a conservative German historian. Hillgruber was influential as a military and diplomatic historian who played a leading role in the ...more
  • Axel von Harnack

    Axel von Harnack

    Dec. at 78 (1895-1974)
    • Birthplace: Wilmersdorf, Germany
    Axel von Harnack was a German library scientist, historian and philologist. He was the cousin of Arvid and Falk Harnack and worked to get Arvid and his wife, Mildred Harnack released from Nazi ...more
  • Dieter Cunz

    Dieter Cunz

    Dec. at 58 (1910-1969)
    Dieter Cunz (August 4, 1910 – February 17, 1969) was an emigre from Nazi Germany first to Switzerland and then to the U.S. who taught German language and literature as a professor at the University ...more