Academic Careers in Prussia and in Germany 1850 to 1945

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Mueller-Benedict, Volker
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  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
career; job history; academic; labor market; earning a doctorate; examination; Prussia
  • Abstract

    Under the title “Data Handbook of Academic Careers between 1850-1945”, this study aims at the publication and analysis of data concerning the individual steps of six great academic careers between the mid-19th and the mid-20th century, tracing the professional development of Evangelical theologians, lawyers, physicians, higher education lecturers, engineers, and chemists in the territories of Prussia und Germany by means of a thorough data collection. This handbook comprises and describes the most important steps in the course of these academic careers within the above-mentioned academic domains. The examined career steps are marked by successive events during in the career entry phases and the professional lives, such as length of studies, examination quotas, graduation and doctorate, employment ratios, age structure, etc. Topics: List of data tables included in the HISTAT research and download system: Age structure: Age structure in higher education (Prussia) Age structure in law/jurisdiction (Prussia) Age structure in medical, engineering, and chemical sciences in the German Reich Age structure in theology Number of professional workforce and labour market: Labour market in the field of theology Number of professional workforce in higher education (Prussia) Number of professional workforce referring to classes, pupils, and students (Prussia) Number of professional workforce in theology Number of professional workforce, and labour market in chemistry Number of professional workforce, and labour market in engineering (German Reich) Number of professional workforce, and labour market in the law sector Number of professional workforce, and labour market in medicine Number of professional workforce, and labour market in pharmacy Number of professional workforce, and labour market in dentistry Population Doctorates at university Examinations: Examinations in chemical sciences Examinations in higher education (Prussia) Examinations in engineering Examinations in law studies, Prussia Examinations in medical science Examinations in pharmacy Examinations in theology, Altpreußische Union (Prussia) Examinations in dentistry Students of state-run technical intermediate schools and colleges Students at technical universities New entrants/leavings among assessorial/student teachers in Prussia New entrants/leavings among higher education lecturers in Prussia
Temporal Coverage
  • 1850 / 1945
Geographic Coverage
  • Historical German lands (-1871) (DQDE)
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
Time Dimension
  • Time Series
Collection Mode
  • Aggregation
  • Sources: Journals of various associations, official statistics.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 100
    Number of Variables: 2361
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8274 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Müller-Benedict, Volker unter Mitarbeit von Jörg Janssen und Tobias Sander: Akademische Karrieren in Preußen und Deutschland 1850-1945. Datenhandbuch zur Deutschen Bildungsgeschichte, Band VI. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2007.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 79 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23