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Hans-Heinrich Muller | Facts, Historian, Star Sign, Biography, Major Works


IntroGerman agrarian historian and economic historian
IsHistorian, Agrarian historian, Economic historian
TypeAcademia, Finance, Social Science
Birth9 March 1926 , Zwickau, Germany
Age94 years
Star SignPisces


Hans-Heinrich Müller (born March 9, 1926 in Zwickau) is a German economic and agricultural historian. His main areas of research were the history of agriculture in the 18th and 19th centuries and agricultural biography.


From 1939 to 1943, Hans-Heinrich Müller, the son of a waiter and later employee, attended the higher commercial school in Zwickau, which he graduated from middle school and then began an apprenticeship in an aircraft repair shop. In 1944 he was drafted into the Wehrmacht and took part in the Second World War. After the end of the war, he initially worked as an assistant worker, commercial clerk, accountant, speaker and training manager in Dresden. From 1952 to 1956 he studied economics at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. After completing his studies as a graduate economist in 1956, he worked as an assistant at the Institute for History of the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin, Department of Economic History.

Since then, Hans-Heinrich Müller has worked as a research assistant, employee and work manager at the Institute for Economic History of the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin (since 1973 Academy of Sciences of the GDR). In May 1970 he habilitated “On problems of the development of productive forces in agriculture in the 18th century and their reflection in the prizes of the Prussian Academy of Sciences” at the University of Economics in Berlin. In 1987 he was appointed head of the “Agricultural Productive Forces” department at the institute. Here he worked until 1991. Even after his age-related retirement from the academy, he remained loyal to agricultural history research.


Continuing the topic of his dissertation (1962), Hans-Heinrich Müller initially published several articles on the development of agricultural production, the situation of farmers, and in particular on the domains and tenants in Brandenburg-Prussia in the 18th century, most of them in that of German Academy of Sciences published yearbook for economic history . In his 1967 publication ” Märkische Landwirtschaft before the agrarian reforms of 1807 “, he examined the influence of economic changes on the forms of agricultural production. This research focus was also the subject of his treatise “Problems of the Development of Productive Forces in Agriculture in the 18th Century and their Reflection in the Prizes of the Prussian Academy of Sciences ”, with which he habilitated in 1970 at the University of Economics in Berlin-Karlshorst.

Hans-Heinrich Müller’s habilitation thesis was the preliminary study for his 1975 book “Academy and Economy in the 18th Century “. Here he deals with the economic price task and price documents of all German academies of science, especially the Prussian academy, especially the agricultural tasks, such as fodder construction, stable feeding, coupling economy and fertilization, which were of great economic importance in the 18th century. The book, which is based on extensive archive studies, received international attention.

After completing this work, the problems of agricultural history in the 19th century became increasingly the focus of Müller’s research. He published several articles on the development of the beet sugar industry in the province of Saxony. Above all, he highlighted the role of corporations, in which many farmers were also involved. He gave great importance to the biographies of outstanding people from the agricultural sector. He dedicated several contributions to the agricultural reformer Johann Christian Schubart . Together with Volker Klemm , he wrote life pictures about important German farmers and agricultural scientists from two centuries, who appeared in 1988 as a book entitled ” In the Service of Ceres “.

Hans-Heinrich Müller played a decisive role in the development and scientific editing of the three-volume manual ” Productive Forces in Germany 1800 to 1945 ” published by the Institute for Economic History of the GDR Academy of Sciences . Müller was co-editor of all volumes (1985, 1987, 1990).

In retirement, Hans-Heinrich Müller dealt with the life and work of Franz Carl Achard , the director of the physical class of the Prussian Academy of Sciences and the founder of the beet sugar industry. After intensive archive and literature studies, he wrote a biography of almost 700 pages, which was published in 2002 on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Franz Carl Achard.

In addition to the book publications, Hans-Heinrich Müller’s list of publications includes around 140 articles in scientific and practical journals and manuals. He has also published over 150 reviews of agricultural and economic history books. He has been working on his autobiography for several years.

In 1989, Hans-Heinrich Müller was awarded the René Kuczynski Prize for his scientific publications on the domains and domain tenants in Brandenburg-Prussia.


  • The development trends in arable farming in Brandenburg before the reforms of the 19th century. A contribution to the development of productive forces in agriculture with special attention to the share of farmers in agricultural progress . Economics Diss. Humboldt-Univ. Berlin 1962. Typewriting.
  • Domains and tenants in Brandenburg-Prussia in the 18th century . In: Yearbook for Economic History . 1965, Part 4, pp. 152-192.
  • Markish agriculture before the agricultural reforms of 1807. Development trends in agriculture in the second half of the 18th century . Potsdam 1967 = Publications of the District Home Museum Potsdam, Issue 1.
  • Problems of the Development of Productive Forces in Agriculture in the 18th Century and their Reflection in the Prizes of the Prussian Academy of Sciences . Agricultural economist. Habil.-Schr. University of Economics Berlin-Karlshorst 1970. Typewriting.
  • Academy and economy in the 18th century. Agricultural-economic price tasks and prices of the Prussian Academy of Sciences (experiments, tendencies, overview) . Akademie Verlag Berlin 1975 = Studies on the history of the sciences of the GDR, volume 3.
  • The development of agriculture and the upswing of the secondary agricultural industry from 1800 to 1870 (The importance of potato and sugar beet cultivation) . In: Karl Lärmer (ed.): Studies on the history of the productive forces. Germany at the time of the industrial revolution . Akademie Verlag Berlin 1979 = Research on economic history, volume. 15, pp. 215-243.
  • Hercules in the cradle. Spotlights on the history of the industrial revolution (together with Hans-Joachim Rook). Urania publishing house Leipzig-Jena-Berlin 1980.
  • History of the productive forces in Germany from 1800 to 1945 in three volumes . Published on behalf of the Institute for Economic History of the GDR Academy of Sciences by Rudolf Berthold, Hans-Heinrich Müller and others, Akademie-Verlag Berlin, Volume 1: 1990; Volume 2: 1985; Volume 3: 1988. Scientific editing of Volume 2: Hans-Heinrich Müller.
  • In the service of the Ceres. Sidelights to the life and work of important German farmers and scientists (together with Volker Klemm). Urania publishing house Leipzig-Jena-Berlin 1988.
  • Johann Christian Schubart von Kleefeld – a famous son of the city of Zeitz (1734-1787) . Published by the Kleefestverein Würchwitz Johann Christian Schubart von Kleefeld e. V. Zeitz 1993.
  • An overview of Brandenburg agriculture from 1800 to 1914/18 . In: V. Klemm, G. Darkow and H.-R. Bork (ed.): History of Agriculture in Brandenburg . Verlag Mezögazda Budapest 1998, pp. 9–75.
  • Franz Carl Achard 1753-1821. Biography . With the collaboration of Corné J. Aertssens and Jürgen Wilcke. Verlag Dr. Albert Bartens KG Berlin 2002.


  • Hans-Heinrich Müller on his 80th birthday . In: Zuckerindustrie Vol. 131, 2006, No. 2, p. 126 (with picture).
  • Kürschner’s German Scholarly Calendar 2007 . Bio-bibliographical directory of contemporary German-speaking scientists. 21st edition, KG Saur Verlag Munich 2007, Vol. II, p. 2474.
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