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Heinz Schilling

Heinz Schilling

Heinz Schilling is a German historian. After studying history, German, philosophy and sociology in Cologne and Freiburg, he gained his doctorate (1971) with a study of social and religious history of Dutch exiles (Niederlaendische Exultaten im 16. Jahrhundert). From 1971 to 1977 he was academic assistant in the Faculty of History at the University of Bielefeld, where he gained his Habilitation with with a case study of territorial societal history (Konfessionskonflict und Staatsbildung in fruehneuzeitlichen Deutschland, Guetersloh) in 1981. From 1982 to 1992 professor at the University of Giessen, and from 1992 until his retirement (2010) he has was a professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

His latest book is Martin Luther: Rebell in einer Zeit des Umbruchs (2013), translated to English and Norwegian in 2017. In this comprehensive and balanced biography we see Luther as a rebel, but not as a lone hero; as a soldier in a mighty struggle for the universal reform of Christianity and its role in the world.

 

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