Michael Hagemeister

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Michael Hagemeister (born 9 January 1951 in Ellwangen, Baden-Württemberg) is a German historian and slavist, an authority on the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and on Sergei Nilus.

Hagemeister was employed at the universities of Marburg, Bochum, Basel, Innsbruck, Frankfurt (Oder) (Viadrina European University), and Berlin. Hagemeister was engaged in research at the Department of History of the University of Basel and was professor at the Department of History of Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He is currently professor at the Department of East European History at Viadrina European University, Frankfurt (Oder).

Hagemeister wrote his doctoral thesis on the Russian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov (1829–1903). In his current research he concentrates on the origins and early history of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the life and work of the Russian religious and apocalyptic writer Sergei Nilus (1862–1929).

  • Among his most recent publications are
    • ‘Die Protokolle der Weisen von Zion’ - eine Anti-Utopie oder der Große Plan in der Geschichte? (‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ - an anti-Utopia or the Great Plan in History’),
    • Die Eroberung des Raums und die Beherrschung der Zeit: Utopische, apokalyptische und magisch-okkulte Elemente in den Zukunftsentwürfen der Sowjetzeit (‘The Conquest of Space and the Mastery of Time: Utopian, Apocalyptic and Magical-Occult Elements in the Future Designs of the Soviet Era’),
    • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Myth of a Jewish Conspiracy in Post-Soviet Russia.
  • In 2005 together with Boris Groys he edited the book Die Neue Menschheit. Biopolitische Utopien in Rußland zu Beginn des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts (The New Humankind. Biopolitical Utopias in Russia at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century).

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