Peter Glotz

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Peter Glotz
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Peter Glotz
Member of the Bundestag
In office
In office
Secretary of State of the Federal Minister for Education and Research
In office
Senator for Science and Research in the state of Berlin
In office
Secretary general of the SPD
In office
Personal details
Born (1939-03-06)6 March 1939
Eger (Cheb), Czechoslovakia
Died 25 August 2005(2005-08-25) (aged 66)
Zurich, Switzerland
Political party SPD

Peter Glotz (6 March 1939 – 25 August 2005) was a German social democratic politician (Social Democratic Party) and social scientist.

Glotz was born in Eger, Sudetenland (now Cheb, Czech Republic), to a German father and a Czech mother. His father, an insurance-clerk joined the Nazi Party and administered a small "aryanized" Jewish factory in Prague.[1][2] His family fled from Czechoslovakia in September 1945 and settled in Franconia.[3][4][5] He studied Journalism, Philosophy, Germanistics, and Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and the University of Vienna, and became a doctor of philosophy in 1968.

Glotz became director of the Ludwig Maximilians University in 1969 and a member of the Landtag of Bavaria in 1970. He was a member of the German parliament from 1972 to 1977 and a parliamentary state secretary of the Federal Minister for Education and Research from 1974 until 1977.

From 1977 to 1981 Glotz was a senator for science and research in the state of Berlin, and became a member of the parliament again in 1983, resigning in 1996. He was secretary general of the SPD from 1981 to 1987. Glotz then became founding director of the University of Erfurt (1996 - 1999) and professor for communication sciences.

From January 2000 until his death in Zürich, Glotz was a Professor for media and society at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. In 2002, he was a representative of the German Chancellor to the European Convention. With Erika Steinbach, he was chairman of the Centre Against Expulsions foundation.

Selected works[edit]

  • Der Weg der Sozialdemokratie - the author takes on the ardent young socialists in his constituency
  • Die deutsche Rechte, Eine Streitschrift, DVA
  • Der Irrweg des Nationalstaats, Europäische Reden an ein deutsches Publikum, DVA
  • “Democracy? The Threatened Utopia: An Interview with Norberto Bobbio”. Telos 82 (Winter 1989-90). New York: Telos Press.
  • Die Linke nach dem Sieg des Westens, DVA 1992
  • Die beschleunigte Gesellschaft: Kulturkämpfe im digitalen Kapitalismus, Kindler 1999
  • Von Analog nach Digital: Unsere Gesellschaft auf dem Weg zur digitalen Kultur, Huber 2000
  • Ron Sommer: Der Weg der Telekom, Hoffmann und Campe 2001
  • Die Vertreibung - Böhmen als Lehrstück, Ullstein 2003


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