Franz Simon Meyer

Die ganze Geschichte meines gleichgültigen Lebens.

Band 2 • 1829 – 1849. In Zeiten der Revolution. Herausgegeben von Sebastian Diziol.

[The whole story of my immaterial life. Volume 2. 1829 – 1849. In Times of Revolution.]

Moments of bliss, moments of grief, moments of daily routine, moments that deserve to be lifted from the stream of time that is our life. Captured for eternity by a banker from Baden in times of turmoil and revolution.

Franz Simon Meyer (1799–1871) narrates the true story of his life over the course of more than half a century. In this stand-alone second volume he lets us partake in fabulous weddings, anxious births, tragic deaths, in the changeable fate of his bank, the scenery of the unstoppable force of technological progress, of political and social upheaval always looming in the background. In stirring passages he recounts the lot of his family during the Baden Revolution 1848/49 and the Prussian siege of his hometown Rastatt.

The chronicles of Franz Simon Meyer can be read like a historical novel. However, they are far beyond that: They are are a unique testimony of a life, of a man, of a century.

A book about time, about identity and the pursuit of happiness.

Solivagus Praeteritum

559 Seiten; Hardcover; Fadenheftung; 28 Abbildungen, 20 Illustrationen, 1 Karte; Orts-, Personen- und Firmenregister; Erscheinungsdatum: 9. Oktober 2017, Format: 16 x 22,5 cm

Language: Deutsch
ISBN: 978-3-9817079-6-0
32.90 €

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Erinnerungen / Quellenedition / 19. Jahrhundert / Revolution 1848/49 / Industrielle Revolution / Bürgertum / Kulturgeschichte / Alltagsgeschichte / Bankgeschichte / Baden / Rastatt / Baden-Baden


Susanne Bader : Franz Simon Meyer, Die ganze Geschichte meines gleichgültigen Lebens, in: Der Wetzsteinbrief, Februar 2018.

Hardy Crueger : Franz Simon Meyer: Die ganze Geschichte meines gleichgültigen Lebens. Blogbeitrag vom 5. November 2018 auf Wortmax.

Rainer Wollenschneider: Revolutionszeit wird lebendig, in: Badisches Tagblatt vom 5. Oktober 2017/Badische Neueste Nachrichten vom 25. Oktober 2017.

Hans-Werner Hahn: Rezension in der Historischen Zeitschrift, Band 308, Heft 1.


Martina Holbein: Mehr aus Meyers spannendem Leben. Historiker veröffentlicht Teil zwei der Biografie, in: Badische Neueste Nachrichten vom 28. Oktober 2017.

Veronika Gareus-Kugel: Zweiter Band erschienen. Manuskripte des Bankiers Franz Simon Meyer aufgearbeitet, in: Badisches Tagblatt vom 23. Oktober 2017.

Christiane Krause-Dimmock: Als die Zeichen auf Revolution standen. Sebastian Diziol stellt den zweiten Band über das Leben des Bankiers Franz Simon Meyer vor, in: Badische Neueste Nachrichten vom 23. Oktober 2017.

Christiane Krause-Dimmock: Meyer lässt den Historiker nicht los, in: Badische Neueste Nachrichten vom 9. März 2017.

Historiker recherchiert für den zweiten Band, in: News. Stadt Baden-Baden vom 9. März 2017.

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Franz Simon Meyer (1799–1871) was born in Rastatt in the southwest of Germany near the French frontier. After his education abroad he took over the trading house of his father and in 1830 opened the first bank in Baden-Baden. The town was on the verge of becoming the summer capital of Europe. Unnoticed by the public to the present day, he created his most important work: From age 16 till his death, he wrote down once a year the events that had moved, shaped, and affected him in the previous twelve months.

Dr Sebastian Diziol, born in 1982 near Baden-Baden, studied History and Journalism at the Universities of Karlsruhe and Nottingham (England). He received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Hamburg. In 2014, his thesis about the German Navy League received an award by the Foundation for the Promotion of Naval and Maritime History. Today he lives in Kiel, working as a historian and copy-editor.


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