Volker Ullrich

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Volker Ullrich
Born1943 (age 75–76)
Celle, Lower Saxony, Nazi Germany
OccupationHistorian · journalist · author
Alma materUniversity of Hamburg

Volker Ullrich (born 1943) is a German historian, journalist and author.


Volker Ullrich was born in Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany.[1] He studied history, literature, philosophy and education at the University of Hamburg. From 1966 to 1969 he was assistant to the Egmont Zechlin Professor. He graduated in 1975 after a dissertation on the Hamburg labour movement of the early 20th Century, after which he worked as a school teacher in Hamburg. He was, for a time, a lecturer in politics at the Lüneburg University, and in 1988 he became a research fellow at Hamburg’s Foundation for 20th-Century Social History.[1] Since 1990 Ullrich has been the head of the political section of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit.[2]

Ullrich has published articles and books on 19th- and 20th-century history. In 1996 he reviewed the thesis postulated in Daniel Goldhagen’s book Hitler's Willing Executioners that provoked fresh debate among historians.[3][4]

In 1992 he was awarded the Alfred Kerr Prize for literary criticism,[2] and, in 2008, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Jena.[1]

Publications (selection)[edit]

  • The Hamburg labour movement from the eve of the First World War to the Revolution of 1918. Luedke, University of Hamburg, dissertation 1976
  • The Nervous Superpower: the rise and fall of the German Empire from 1871 to 1918. S. Fischer, Frankfurt 1997, ISBN 3-10-086001-2[2]
  • Napoleon. A biography. Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek 2004, ISBN 3-498-06882-2[2]
  • Bismarck (Life & Times). Haus Publishing 2008, ISBN 1904950841[2]
  • The Kreisauer Circle. Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek 2008, ISBN 3-499-50701-3[2]
  • Hitler - A Biography, Volume 1: Ascent 1889-1939. S. Fischer Verlag 2013, ISBN 3100860055 (German edition). English translation: The Bodley Head 2016, ISBN 1847922864


  1. ^ a b c "Expert and historian Dr. Volker Ullrich receives honorary doctorate at the University of Jena" (PDF; 124 kB), University of Jena, 8 December 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Volker Ullrich, Zeit Online. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ Ullrich, Volker: Hitler's Willing Executioners - a book that provokes new historical dispute. Die Zeit, 12 April 1996.
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael: The Goldhagen Debate - an historical dispute in the media. Discussion group history vol. 17, Bonn, 1997. ISBN 3-86077-669-X (German text online).

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