Mary Lindemann


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Mary Lindemann received her graduate education at the University of Cincinnati and did her dissertation research in Hamburg. She works on early modern German, Dutch, and Flemish history as well as medical history in the early modern world. Her first book, Patriots and Paupers: Hamburg, 1712-1830 (Oxford University Press, 1990), was named “An Outstanding Academic Book for 1990" by Choice. She then embarked on a medical historical topic and spent two years on a post-doctoral fellowship at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (Germany). The result was Health and Healing in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996). In 1998 the American Association of the History of Medicine named Health and Healing the winner of its William H. Welch Medal Book Prize. A survey, Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe, appeared in Fall 1999 with Cambridge University Press in the series “New Approaches to European History” and has since been translated into Spanish (2001) and Portuguese (2003). The second, revised edition was published in 2010 and a Turkish edition in 2013. Her Liaisons dangereuses: Sex, Law, and Diplomacy in the Age of Frederick the Great, appeared in May 2006 with Johns Hopkins University Press. Cambridge University Press published her most recent book, The Merchant Republics: Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Hamburg, 1648-1790, in 2015. She is currently engaged in a research project on “The Fractured Lands: Northern Germany in an Age of Unending War, 1648-1721.” She has co-edited with David Luebke (University of Oregon) a collection of articles Mixed Matches: Transgressive Unions in Early Modern Germany (2014) and another one with Jared Poley (Georgia State University) on Money in the Geman Speaking Lands (2017),both for the Spektrum series (Berghahn Academic Press) of the German Studies Association. Professor Lindemann has received many major scholarly awards: two NEH Fellowships, one for 1997-98 and then for 2017-2018; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 1998-99; a Fellowship-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar (The Netherlands), 2002-2003; a Fellowship-In-Residence at the Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts (VLAC) in Brussels in spring 2011; a Senior Research Fellowship of the State of Lower Saxony (at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany) for 2014-2016; a Humboldt Research Prize and the Reimar-Lüst grant jointed awarded by the Humboldt Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation in 2017-2018. The Reimar-Lüst award recognizes special distinction in the service of bilateral relationships between Germany and the United States. Professor Lindemann has served on several editorial boards and was, until early 2018, one of a team of three editors (with Anne Cruz and Mihoko Suzuki) of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal based at the University of Miami. She is currently President of the German Studies Association and President-Elect of the American Historical Association (President in 2020).


LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Early Modern Europe, Germany, History of Medicine


Mary Lindemann Patriots and Paupers: Hamburg, 1712-1830 (Oxford University Press. 1990).

Mary Lindemann Health and Healing in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Johns Hopkins University Press. 1996). [Link]

Mary Lindemann Liaisons dangereuses: Sex, Law, and Diplomacy in the Age of Frederick the Great ( Johns Hopkins University Press. May 2006 ). [Link]

Mary Lindemann The Merchant Republics: Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Hamburg, 1648-1790 (Cambridge University Press. 2015). [Link]