Friedrich Meinecke

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Friedrich Meinecke
BirthplaceSalzwedel, Prussia
Archivist (1887–1901) German State Archives
Editor (1896–1935) Historische Zeitschrift
Chairman (1928–1935) Historische Reichskommission
Known for Weltbürgertum und Nationalstaat (Cosmopolitanism and the National State)

Meinecke, Friedrich


Born Oct. 30, 1862, in Salzwedel; died Feb. 6, 1954, in West Berlin. German historian.

Meinecke was a professor at the universities of Strasbourg (1901–06), Freiburg (1906–14), and Berlin (1914–28). From 1896 to 1935 he was editor in chief of the journal Historische Zeitschrift.

Meinecke’s works are only to a small degree concrete historical investigations. The most important of them are devoted to the study of the history of ideas, which he considered the motive force of history. In Cosmopolitanism and the Nation-state (1908), Meinecke presented the history of the unification of Germany from the standpoint of the development of the idea of the nation-state. The weakening of German imperialism after World War I led him to repudiate the notion that the state is the embodiment of a moral idea, a conception that had become a tradition in aristocratic and bourgeois historiography (Machiavellianism: The Doctrine of Raison d’État and Its Place in Modern History, 1924).

Meinecke maintained that an irrational “demonic” principle seems to play a major role in history. Adjusting to new historical conditions, he called on the Social Democrats to guide the country and favored alliances with the Western powers. Under the fascist dictatorship he published the important theoretical and methodological work The Origins of Historicism (1936), in which he summarized his view that historical phenomena are uniquely individual complexes not subject to any scientific laws.

After the defeat of fascism Meinecke criticized certain aspects of the political course of German imperialism in The GermanCatastrophe: Reflections and Recollections (1946). Although he abandoned its most bankrupt doctrines, he sought to defend the essence of idealistic methodology. As president of the so-called Free University of Berlin after 1948, Meinecke was active in kindling the cold war.


Danilov, A. I. “Fridrikh Meineke i nemetskii burzhuaznyi istorizm.” Novaia i noveishaia istoriia, 1962, no. 2.
Lozek, G., and H. Syrbe. Geschichtsschreibung contra Geschichte. Berlin, 1964.


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