Dietmar Rothermund

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Dietmar Rothermund (born 20 January 1933) is a German historian best known for his research on the economy of India.

Education and Career[edit]

Dietmar Rothermund was born on 20 January 1933 in Kassel. He studied history and philosophy in Marburg and Munich, and received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. His PhD dissertation centered on the social history of America. Shortly thereafter he traveled to India on a scholarship from the German Research Foundation.[1]

In 1963, Heidelberg University offered him an appointment as a research assistant and in 1968 he received tenure and was given the Chair of South Asian History.[2]

Rothermund also served on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Asian History.[3]



  • A History of India (with Herrmann Kulke), sixth edition, Routledge 2017
  • Contemporary India: Political, Economic and Social Developments Since 1947, Pearson, 2012
  • India: The Rise of an Asian Giant, Yale University Press, 2008[5]
  • The Routledge Companion to Decolonization, Routledge, 2000
  • The Role of the State in South Asia and other Essays, Manohar, 2000
  • Mahatma Gandhi: An Essay in Political Biography, Delhi: Manohar, 1999
  • The Global Impact of the Great Depression, Routledge, 1996
  • An Economic History of India, London: Routledge 1993


  1. ^ "Congratulations to Prof. Dietmar Rothermund". South Asia Institute. 22 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Gieselmann, Martin (18 October 2011). "Federal Cross of Merit Awarded to Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rothermund". Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Editorial Board - Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  4. ^ "Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rothermund receives the Rabindranath Tagore-cultural price 2011". South Asia Institute. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  5. ^ "India - The Rise of an Asian Giant". Yale Books. 27 October 2009.