The IDIH project

Current state. The Project "International Dictionary of Intellectual Historians" is currently (2006/2007) undergoing a re-organisation. Until 2005, the project has been based at the Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbuettel, Germany) ( and carried out in cooperation with the International Society for Intellectual History ( 

Aim of the project. IDIH provides a database listing twentieth-century authors with important historical works which have marked the understanding of intellectual history.

Entries. Up to 1000 intellectual historians, from various countries and disciplines, will be listed with bio-bibliographical information and an article outlining their work. The database contains ca. 800 entries. You may consult four sample articles.

Entry criteria. There are three major criteria: 1) Main works published between 1900 and 1970. 2) Main works, including at least one wide-ranging historiographical narrative of some originality. 3) Main work(s) with considerable impact (direct or indirect) nationally or internationally. These criteria are not absolutely exclusive and are in some cases subject to discussion within the academic community at large.   

You are invited to contribute! The IDIH is a work in progress with the help and participation of scholars worldwide. If you are interested in suggesting entries or participating actively in the work of the dictionary, please contact us!

Discussion forum. In addition to entry suggestions for the IDIH, we will offer a discussion forum for intellectual exchange of ideas among scholars worldwide. The aim is to create a free and stimulating forum where scholars can generate a discussion related to the immediate goals of the IDIH and to larger intellectual ideas.