zur Einführung
[Conceptual History. An Introduction]

Junius, Hamburg 2020, 200 pages
ISBN 978-3-96060-317-7

Conceptual history, considered a German affair for a long time, is now practiced across the globe. Far more than just one of the auxiliary sciences of history, conceptual history has been, since at least the works of Reinhart Koselleck, a theoretically reflective method. This introduction by Ernst Müller and Falko Schmieder examines how conceptual history is employed and undertstood by introducing examples from history, philosophy, history of science, cultural studies, and linguistics and by relating conceptual history to its neighbouring methods such as the history of metaphor, the history of discourse, and the history of mentalities. Finally, the book reflects on the future of conceptual history, examining, for instance, the possibilities associated with digitization.


“With their new book, Ernst Müller and Falko Schmieder do an excellent service to German-language conceptual history by providing advanced students and teachers with a compact, clear, and above all practical introduction.”

Luc Wodzicki, Contributions to the History of Concepts 17.1 (Summer 2022)

Media Response

21 Apr 2023
Begriffsgeschichte zur Einführung

Review by Peter Tietze, in: Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte 64.2 (2022), 181–187

01 Jun 2022
An Invitation for the Curious

Review by Luc Wodzicki, in: Contributions to the History of Concepts 17.1 (Summer 2022), 131–134

01 Jun 2021
Ernst Müller, Falko Schmieder, Begriffsgeschichte zur Einführung

Review by Gennaro Imbriano, in: dianoia 32 (2021), 286–288

10 Feb 2021
ArbeiterInnen im ideologieverarbeitenden Gewerbe

Ernst Müller und Falko Schmieder legen eine hervorragende, wenn auch spröde »Begriffsgeschichte zur Einführung« vor. Review by Kai Sammet, in:, 10.02.2021