Prof. Dr. László Kontler

Department of History

Central European University

Forschung und Projekte

Derzeitige Position(en)


Aktuelle(s) Projekt(e)

Reception of William Robertson in Germany
Maximilian Hell and the circulation of knowledge in 18c (Central) Europe

Frühere Position(en)

Fulbright visiting scholar, Rutgers University, NJ, 1991-1992
Guest lecturer, Eötvös University, Budapest, 1992-2009
Marie Curie Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, 2005-2006


Monographien (und Dissertation)

Millennium in Central Europe. A History of Hungary, Budapest 1999 / Basingstoke 2002.
Translations, Histories, Enlightenments. William Robertson in Germany 1760-1795, Basingstoke (forthcoming 2014)


William Robertson’s history of manners in German 1770-1795, in: Journal of the History of Ideas 1 (1997), S. 125-144.
Superstitition, enthusiasm and propagandism. Burke and Gentz on the French Revolution, in: B. Taithe, T. Thornton (eds.), Propaganda. Political Rhetoric and Identity 1300-2000, Phoenix Mill 1999), S. 97-114.
William Robertson and his German audience on European and non-European civilisations, in: Scottish Historical Review LXXX (2001), S. 63-89.
Beauty or Beast, or Monstrous Regiments? Robertson and Burke on Women and the Public Scene, in: Modern Intellectual History 1,3 (2004), S. 305-330.
Introduction: The Enlightenment in Central Europe?, in: Balázs Trencsényi and Michal Kopecek (eds.), Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1770-1945). I: Late Enlightenment – Emergence of the Modern National Idea, Budapest 2006, S. 33-44.
(with Balázs Trencsényi) Hungary, in: Howell Lloyd, Glenn Burgess, Simon Hodson (eds.), Religion, Politics, and Philosophy. European Political Thought 1450-1700, New Haven 2007), S. 176-207.
Translation and Comparison. Early-Modern and Current Perspectives, in: Contributions to the History of Concepts 3,1 (2007), S. 71-103.
Translation and Comparison II. A Methodological Inquiry into reception in the History of Ideas, in: Contributions to the History of Concepts 4,1 (2008), S. 27-56.
Polizey and Patriotism. Joseph von Sonnenfels and the Legitimacy of Enlightened Monarchy in the Gaze of Eighteenth-Century State Sciences, in: Cesare Cuttica, Glenn Burgess (eds.), Monarchism and Absolutism in Early-Modern Europe, London 2012.
Mankind and Its Histories. William Robertson, Georg Forster and a Late Eighteenth-Century German Debate, in: Intellectual History Review 23,3 (2013), S. 411-429.
Distances Celestial and Terrestrial. Maximilian Hell’s Arctic Expedition, 1768-1769. Contexts and Responses, in: André Holenstein, Hubert Steinke and Martin Stuber (eds.), The Practice of Knowedge and the Figure of the Savant in the Eighteenth Century, Leiden 2013), S. 721-750.

Herausgeberschaften und Editionen

Enlightenment and Communication. Regional Experiences and Global Consequences, special issue of European Review of History/Revue européenne d’histoire 13,3 (2006)
(with Jaroslav Miller) Friars, Nobles and Burghers - Sermons, Images and Prints. Studies of Culture and Society in Early-Modern Europe, Budapest 2010.

Forschungsinteressen und Arbeitsgebiete