Handbook on the history of German mining

Funded by the Gesamtverband des Deutschen Steinkohlenbergbaus (German Hard Coal Association), under the overall editorship of Prof. Klaus Tenfelde, Bochum, the handbook on the history of German mining is in preparation and will appear in four volumes. The first volume, edited by Dr Christoph Bartels and Prof. Dr. Rainer Slotta, on developments from the beginnings of mining to the middle of the 18th century, is to a considerable extent the work of DBM staff, of whom several are also working on the three further volumes which are planned.

The volume, published in 2012, contains the following main chapters:

  • Prehistoric and protohistoric mining in Central Europe up to the Merovingian period (Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöllner)
  • Der Aufschwung des Bergbaus in der Zeit der Karolinger und Ottonen, die mittelalterliche Blüte und der Abschwung bis zur Mitte des 14. Jahrhunderts (Dr. Christoph Bartels/ Dr. Lothar Klappauf)
  • Das Spätmittelalter – Zeit des Umbruchs (Dr. Hans Joachim Kraschewski) Die große Zeit des Silbers. Berg- und Hüttenwesen im deutschsprachigen Raum von der Mitte des 15. bis zum Anfang des 17. Jahrhunderts (Dr. Andreas Bingener/Dr. Christoph Bartels/Dr. Michael Fessner)
  • Der deutsche Bergbau im Zeitalter des Merkantilismus vom frühen 17. bis zum mittleren 18. Jahrhundert (Dr. Michael Fessner/Dr. Christoph Bartels)
  • The rise of mining during the Carolingian and Ottonian periods, the medieval boom, and the slump until the middle of the 14th century (Dr. Christoph Bartels/ Dr. Lothar Klappauf)
  • The late Middle Ages – a time of upheaval (Dr. Hans Joachim Kraschewski)
  • The great age of silver. Mining and metallurgy in the German-speaking area from the middle of the 15th to the beginning of the 17th century (Dr. Andreas Bingener/Dr. Christoph Bartels/Dr. Michael Fessner)
  • German mining in the age of mercantilism, from the early 17th to the mid-18th century (Dr. Michael Fessner/Dr. Christoph Bartels)
  • Mining in the pre-industrial era, as reflected in art and culture (Prof. Dr. Rainer Slotta)

For further nformation please see the annual report 2012 of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum


Project managers

Dr. Christoph Bartels

Prof. Dr. Rainer Slotta

Responsible body

Bibliothek des Ruhrgebietes

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

Duration

2009 - 2012

 


Publications

  • Bartels, Christoph / Slotta, Rainer (Hrsg.): Geschichte des deutschen Bergbaus, Band 1: Der alteuropäische Bergbau. Von den Anfängen bis zur Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts, Münster 2012.