Peter Berglar

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Peter Berglar (8 February 1919–10 November 1989) was a German historian. Professor of Modern and Contemporary History in the University of Cologne, he is known for his many publications, amongst which his biography of Thomas More is considered one of the best.

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Berglar was born in Kassel in 1919 and grew up in Darmstadt. He studied human medicine in Berlin and received his MD in 1944. He practised medicine until 1966, specializing in internal medicine in Cologne.

At the University of Cologne he studied history, German philology and Iberian and Latin-American history. He finished his doctoral studies in 1969. His doctoral thesis was published.[1] In 1970, he was appointed Professor of Medieval and Modern History at the University of Cologne.

Publications[edit]

Berglar wrote numerous literary works, essays, and articles for scientific journals, newspapers and the radio. The following can be highlighted:

  • Schiller oder der heroische Irrtum (Schiller or the Heroic Fallacy). Bonn 1959
  • Welt und Wirkung. Gedanken über Menschen, Christen, Deutsche. (World and Effect). Bibliotheca Christiana, Bonn 1961, ISBN B0000BGDZP
  • Verhängnis und Verheißung. Papst Hadrian VI. - Der "Jesuitenstaat" in Paraguay. (Doom and Promise). Bibliotheca Christiana, Bonn 1963
  • Die Gesellschaftliche Evolution der Menschheit (The Social Evolution of Humanity). Bibliotheca Christiana, Bonn 1965, ISBN B0000BGDZI
  • Personen und Stationen -- Deutschlands, Europas, der Welt zwischen 1789 und heute (Persons and Milestones: of Germany, of Europe, and of the World from 1789 to the present). Bibliotheca Christiana, Bonn 1966, ISBN B0000BQ1FM
  • Fortschritt zum Ursprung. Die Geschichtsneurose des modernen Menschen. Otto Müller, Salzburg 1978, ISBN 3-7013-0571-4
  • Geschichte als Tradition - Geschichte als Fortschritt. in: Archiv für hessische Geschichte und Altertumskunde 1989, vol 47, p. 401–402

He also wrote the following biographies:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walther Rathenau: Seine Zeit, sein Werk, seine Persönlichkeit. Schuenemann, Bremen 1970, ISBN 3-7961-3010-0 (edition from 1982)