Ulrich Thiel

Die Bergakademie Freiberg und das koloniale Montanwesen

Eine Studie über den Einsatz von Absolventen einer deutschen Hochschule in Kolonien vom Beginn des Lehrbetriebes 1766 bis zum Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkrieges.
Series: Kolonialismus und postkoloniale Perspektiven, Band II [Colonialism and Postcolonial Perspectives, Vol. 2]

“Freibergers can be found everywhere,” said mining student Robert Dach, describing the fact that between 1766 and 1939 more than 200 students of the Freiberg Mining Academy sought their fortunes in colonies and overseas territories after graduation. Ulrich Thiel investigates their places of work, activities and careers on the basis of a prosopographical database. In the course of classifying the Mining Academy and its internationally active graduates in the development of worldwide colonial mining, he answers the questions of how competitive the special education from Saxony proved to be in a global context, how the transfer of knowledge took shape as a reciprocal process between Freiberg and the colonies and how the graduates inserted themselves into the social hierarchy of the colonial system.


Supported by:

Freistaat Sachsen (website)

Freunde und Förderer der TU Bergakademie Freiberg e. V. (website)

Solivagus Praeteritum

1st edition, softcover, 148 x 210 mm, 368 pages, thread-stitching. 90 illustrations and graphics, partly in colour.

Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-947064-16-8
48.00 €

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Australia / Clausthal Mining Academy / Mining / German South-West Africa / Diamond / Geology / Gold / John Hays Hammond / Moritz Hochschild / Canada / New Spain / Dutch India / Union of South Africa / Transvaal / Rogier Diederick Marius Verbeek / Smelting / Gardner F. Williams / Richard Beck / Copper / Imperial Colonial Office / Friedrich Schumacher / Otto Stutzer


Konstantin Maier : “Freiberger findet man überall”. Interview mit Ulrich Thiel über die Bergakademie Freiberg und das koloniale Montanwesen, in: L.I.S.A. Wissenschaftsportal der Gerda Henkel Stiftung, 07.06.2022.

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Dr Ulrich Thiel, born in 1955, studied history at the Humboldt University in Berlin and then worked as a research assistant at the Karl-Marx-Stadt District Art Centre and at the Freiberg Mining Academy, where he received his PhD in 1987. In 1988, he began working at the Freiberg City and Mining Museum, which he headed as director from 1989 to 2018. Thiel has published numerous works on the history of Freiberg and the mining industry in the Ore Mountains, on the museum system and the reflection of colonialism in Freiberg.


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