Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Siegel

Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies

The IZEA was founded in 1990 as a central scientific institution of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. As a research institution for the history of culture and ideas, it explores the foundation of modern Western societies through the study of ideas and cultural patterns developed in the 18th century.

18th century studies

The research program includes research and publishing projects dedicated to a wide variety of themes, such as the history of universities, societies and communication; anthropology, aesthetics, culture and knowledge transfer, scholarly culture and literary forms of representation in the 18th century; the development of cultural patterns; the Enlightenment in global networks; and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

Connected with the region's research institutions

The IZEA is located in the Red School, built in 1896, which was formerly the Higher School for Girls of the Francke Foundations. The IZEA houses a public library containing primary sources and research literature related to the Enlightenment in regional and European contexts. The Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer and the Immanuel-Kant-Forum also have their offices in the building.

Enlightenment studies in international networks

Thanks to its outstanding library, its publishing projects, its geographic proximity to important historic sites related to the Enlightenment (including extensive archives, libraries and art collections), and its partnerships with major cultural and scientific institutions,  the IZEA is now one of the most important international research institutes dedicated to the study of the Enlightenment, and is an essential meeting point for scientists from around the world.

Online Research Tools

Library catalogues

Library catalogues

KVK - Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog
Meta-catalogue for research in libraries and bookstores worldwide

GBV - Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund

Lokales Bibliothekssystem Halle-Merseburg
Access to the online catalogues of, among others, the ULB, the Francke Foundations, the Leopoldina and the Marienbibliothek in Halle

Special catalogues

ZDB – Zeitschriftendatenbank
Central catalogue of journals available in German libraries

VD 17
Index of 17th-century prints in the German-speaking world

VD 18
Index of 18th-century prints in the German-speaking world (under development)

Kalliope
Database of collections of personal papers, manuscripts, and publishers' archives in German libraries and archives

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Catalogue of the state library, with the special collection “History”. Special collection: historical prints

Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
With the special collection “History”

Herzog-August-Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Research and study centre for European cultural history, with a focus on the early modern period

Forschungsbibliothek Gotha
Research library containing historical manuscripts and book collections from the 16th to the 18th century

Klassik online
International bibliography of German classicism, 1750-1850 (Duchess Anna Amalia Library)

Digitale Sammlungen der BSB München
Digital collections of the BSB Munich (Manuscripts, ancient prints, maps, images, sheet music, newspapers, journals, lexica, historical research, primary sources, sources on Bavaria, photographies)

E-rara.ch
Digital ancient prints from Swiss libraries

Book trade and antiquarian catalogues

Deutscher Buchhandelskatalog

ZVAB - Zentrales Verzeichnis Antiquarischer Bücher

Findmybook

Multilingual antiquarian booksellers’ catalogue

Eurobuch

Metacatalogue for second-hand books

viaLibri Resources for Bibliophiles
Metacatalogue for second-hand books worldwide

Antiquariatskatalog weltweit
Special focus on European libraries, often specialized in antiquarian items

Databases and Source Collections

Datenbank-Infosystem (DBIS)
Index of databases according to discipline

EZB - Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek Geschichte
Electronic journals in German libraries in the field of history with free access to full texts for the journals which have a green “light” next to their title

EZB - Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek Philosophie
Electronic journals in German libraries in the field of philosophy with free access to full texts for the journals which have a green “light” next to their title

Zeitschriftenschau Geschichte
Continually updated library with contents descriptions of 90 periodicals specialized in history from 1994 on

Aufsatzdatenbanken OLC, OLC-SSG, IDZ18
Access, among other things, to databases with “Online Contents”, “Online Contents-special collections”, and “Index of Journals in German 1750-1815”

ZVDD - Zentrales Verzeichnis Digitalisierter Drucke
Central access to digitalized library materials in Germany

EROMM - European Register of Microform and Digital Master
Database which aims to give access to all media from libraries worldwide which have been digitalized or are on microfilm

Deutsche Biographie
Offers at the moment full-text access to more than 46000 historical-biographical articles (Historical commission of the Bavaria Academy of Sciences; Bavaria State Library)

Biographie-Portal
Indexing of scientific biographies (among others the NDB) from all sectors of society and almost all time-periods in German, Austrian, and Swiss history

Historische Karten
Electronic maps archive of the ULB Halle

Historische Karten
Database of the State and University Library of Bremen

Europäische Friedensverträge
Full-text access to European peace treaties

Early Modern Thought Online (EMTO)
Access to digital primary sources relating to the philosophy of the early modern period and related disciplines such as the history of science or church history (Fernuni Hagen)

Zeitschriften der Aufklärung
Retrospective digitalization of scholarly review and literature periodicals of the 18th and 19th century in the German-speaking world (University of Bielefeld)

Gelehrte Journale und Zeitungen als Netzwerke des Wissens im Zeitalter der Aufklärung
Systematic index of scholarly journals and periodicals of the 18th century in the German language (overall around 320 journals, just under 2000 volumes and 1260000 pages) (Academy of Sciences, Göttingen)

IdRZ 18 - Systematischer Index zu deutschsprachigen Rezionsionszeitschriften des 18. Jahrhunderts
The “review index” inventories German-speaking review journals and periodicals between 1700 and 1784. At the moment, around 75000 reviews and miscellaneous scholarly notices from 65 periodicals are available in the database (Academy of Sciences, Göttingen)

Eighteenth Century Journals II : Newspapers & Periodicals 1699-1812
The collection provides full-text access to over 70 popular periodicals published in Great Britain in the 18th century (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center)

Rare legal dissertations in Latin
Contains rare legal dissertations in Latin from 1664 to 1793 (Kanagawa University)

Juristische Dissertationen des 16.-18. Jahrhunderts
Max Planck Institute for European legal history, Frankfurt

Digitaler Porträtindex druckgraphischer Bildnisse der Frühen Neuzeit
Comprehensive online publication and systematic indexing of over 257000 printed portraits from nine major public collections and libraries  

Porträtsammlung Jakob Gottfried Bötticher (1692-1762)
Consists of around 13000 sheets and contains illustrations from around 7000 personalities from the 16th to the 18th century (Francke Foundations, Halle)

Historical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

A Bibliography of European Dictionaries and Lexica, 1670-1730
Bibliography of lexika and enclopaedias published between 1670 and 1730 (The Marteau Press)

Zedler online
Online version of the biggest German lexicon of the 18th century (Bavaria State Library, Munich)

Krünitz - Oekonomische Encyklopädie
The “Oekonomische Encyklopädie oder allgemeines System der Staats- Stadt- Haus- und Landwirthschaft” was published between 1773 and 1858 in 242 volumes and is one of the most important primary sources for the German history of science during the transition to industrialisation (Trier University Library)

Ersch / Gruber: Allgemeine Encyclopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste
Göttingen Digitisation Centre/ Lower Saxony State and University Library, Göttingen

Diderot/d'Alembert: Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers
Wikisource

Pierre Bayle: Dictionnaire historique et critique
The ARTFL Project, University of Chicago

Tools

Wörterbücher und Lexika, Übersetzungen online

Duden Online

Orbis Latinus / Graesse ; Benedict ; Plechl (Großausgabe 1972)
Most comprehensive index of Latin place names from Antiquity to the modern period (Bavarian Regional Library Online)

UTB Online-Wörterbuch Philosophie
Online publication if the concise dictionary of philosophy, edited by Wulff D. Rehfus and published by UTB

Digitale Schriftkunde
Reading samples and exercises for texts from the 8th to the 20th century, compiled by the Bavaria State Archives

Taschenbuch der Zeitrechnung des deutschen Mittelalters und der Neuzeit / Hermann Grotefend (5. Auflage, 1922)

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