Holger Berg, historian



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Military Occupation under the Eyes of the Lord. Studies in Erfurt during the Thirty Years War. Goettingen 2010. Published  by

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht as volume 103 in the series: Forschungen zur Kirchen- und Dogmengeschichte

395 pages, 13 illustrations, 75,00 ?  (57 Euros as e-book) ISBN 978-3-525-56455-4

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"With this work, H. Berg gives an original and important contribution not only to the studies on the perception and experience of war within the religious domain, but also to more encompassing debates in cultural and religious history, such as the relation between clerical religiosity and the 'popular' piety (the term is here exchanged with 'lay' piety) and the question of secularisation." (translated by H.B.)

Bertrand Forclaz in Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, volume 71, no. 1, 2016

Avec cet ouvrage, H. Berg livre une contribution originale et importante non seulement aux travaux sur la perception et l'expérience de la guerre dans le domaine religieux, mais aussi à des débats plus vastes en histoire culturelle et religieuse, commes les relations entre piété 'populaire' (un terme remplacé ici par celui de 'laïque') et religion cléricale ou lau question de la sécularisation.

"The book's greatest strength lies in the accurate reconstruction of the dynamic phases in the experience and memory of the Thirty Years War until the end of the 17th century. [...] This study contributes significantly to a more thorough understanding of war experiences in the Lutheran area. One can only hope that it will be supplemented by an equally detailed study of the Catholic population." (translated by H.B.)

Peter H. Wilson, author of Europe's Tragedy. A History of the Thirty Years War in Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung, volume 39, no. 2, 2012


"The book can be read as a modern history of mentalities and knowledge during the Thirty Years War based on a cogent case. [...] It is, beyond doubt, of great value to local urban history and to regional history [...] even though the book is, strictly speaking, not a study of Erfurt but rather a study in Erfurt."

Alexander Schunka in Zeitschrift für Thüringische Geschichte, no. 66, 2012


 "The merits of this work include the broad base of sources and literature, and the, from an overall view, successful attempt to bring various sources, research themes and approaches into harmony with each other."

Michael Rohrschneider in the online journal Sehepunkte, no. 10, 2010.


Further reviews appeared in Jahrbuch für Erfurter Geschichte, vol. 7, 2012 by Uwe Jens Wandel and in Francia-Recensio vol 3, 2012 by Jean-Luc Le Cam.

The study was defended as a Ph.D.-thesis at the European University Institute in November 2008. I since revised some content for the publication.


Collected volume

Ausnahmezustand - der 17. Juni 1953 in Erfurt. Dokumentation einer Ausstellung von Studierenden der Universität Erfurt. Erfurt 2004 (State of Emergency. The Seventeenth of June 1953 in Erfurt. A Documentation of an Exhibition by Students from the University of Erfurt). Ed. by Holger Berg, Friederike Drewes, Jan Henrik Fahlbusch, Rona Freiberg, Sebastian Jobs, Reiner Just, Alf Lüdtke, Claudia Andrea Müller, Benjamin Schöler, Juliane Wenke, Volker Zimmermann. Erfurt 2004. 75 pp. ISBN 3-89892-279-0

The catalogue was published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Thuringia. 

Bibliographic tip: the events have since been analysed in the article by Alf Lüdtke: 17. Juni 1953 in Erfurt. Ausnahmezustand und staatliche Gewaltrituale (The Seventeenth of June 1953 in Erfurt. State of Emergency and governmental rites of violence). In: Staats-Gewalt: Ausnahmezustand und Sicherheitsregimes. Historische Perspektiven. (State Power/Violence: the state of emergency and regimes of security) Ed. by Alf Lüdtke and Michael Wildt. Göttingen 2008, pp. 241-273. (Wallstein-Verlag) Göttinger Gespräche zur Geschichtswissenschaft 27. ISBN 978-3-8353-0238-9