Walter Markov

Markov, Walter


Born Oct. 5, 1909, in Graz. German historian of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Member of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR (1961); professor (1948); director of the department of world history at the University of Leipzig.

Markov was an active fighter against Hitler’s dictatorship and from 1935 to 1945 served time in prisons and concentration camps. Many of his studies are devoted to the national liberation struggle of the Southern Slavs and international relations in the Balkans. Another topic of Markov’s historical investigation is the Great French Revolution, primarily the history of the mass popular movements and the activity of the representatives of the lower strata of the people, such as G. Babeuf and Jacques Roux. In the 1950’s, Markov and his colleagues started an intensive investigation on the historical development of the peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, placing prime emphasis on unmasking colonialism and elucidating the problems of the national liberation struggle.


Jacques Roux und Karl Marx. Berlin, 1965.
Jacques Roux oder vom Elend der Biographic. Berlin, 1966.
Die Freiheiten des Priesters Roux. Berlin, 1967.
For Markov’s works written before 1962 see Zeitschrift fur Geschichtswissenschaft, 1962, no. 1, pp. 164-68.