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Department of History


Stephan Sander-Faes, Prof. Dr.

  • Associate Professor in Early Modern History (UiB) Bergen NO
  • Privatdozent in Allgemeiner Geschichte der Neuzeit (UZH)

Curriculum vitae

Education: M.Phil. in History and Italian (2006), University of Vienna, Austria. Ph.D. in History (2011), University of Graz, Austria; dissertation: "Urban Elites in the Venetian Commonwealth: Social and Economic Mobility in early modern Dalmatia (Zadar/Zara, 1540 to 1570)". Habilitation in Early Modern and Modern History (2018), University of Zurich, Switzerland; professorial thesis: "Herrschaft und Staatlichkeit: Böhmen und die Habsburgermonarchie vom Dreißigjährigen Krieg bis Karl VI." [Lordship and State Formation: Bohemia and the Habsburg monarchy from the Thirty Years' War to Charles VI].

Appointments: University of Zurich, Switzerland: Lecturer (2019-present); Privatdozent [~ Adjunct Associate Professor] in Early Modern and Modern History (2018-present); Senior Research and Teaching Associate (2016-2019); Lehrstuhlvertretung [~ Visiting Professorship] (2016); Research and Teaching Associate (2010-2016). Continuing Education Programme "MAS in Applied History": Lecturer in Applied History (2012-2017).

Columbia University in the City of New York, USA: István Deák Visiting Professor in East Central European Studies (2018). Department of History, University of Fribourg, Switzerland: Senior Lecturer (2015-present). Department of History and Civic Education, Zurich University of Teacher Education: Lecturer in History (2012-2014).

Research Interests

Periods: Renaissance, Early Modern and Modern European History

Areas: Central and Eastern Europe; Republic of Venice, Habsburg Monarchy

Themes: Fiscal-Financial Institutions, State Formation, Political Economy, Economic and Social History, Administrative History from Seigneurial Domination to the Modern “Institutional State” (Max Weber), “Little Divergence”, Urban History, Rural History, Crime History, History of Everyday Life

Approaches: Quantitative History, Transnational and Transimperial History, Entangled History/histoire croisée, Communication and Media Studies, Cultural History, Microhistory

New Publications (selection)

'Beyond the Individual: Renaissance Dalmatia’s Intellectuals as a Socio-Functional Group | Onkraj individualnog: Intelektualci renesansne Dalmacije kao društveno-funkcionalna skupina', Miscellanea Hadriatica et Mediterranea 6, no. 1 (2019): 133-66; Link.

‘State (De-) Formation in Practice: Bohemian Fiscal-Financial Arrangements during the War of the Spanish Succession’, in Rethinking Europe: War and Peace in Early Modern German Lands, eds. Gerhild Williams, Sigrun Haude, and Christian Schneider (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 315-40; Link.

‘Staats-Desintegration in Praxis: Krieg, Kredit und Steuern in Böhmen unter Joseph I.’ Český časopis historický | Czech Historical Review 117, no. 1 (2019): 36-58; doi: 10.5281/zenodo.2631411.

‘Composite Domination and State Formation, 1650-1700: Manorialism and the Fiscal-Financial-Military Constitution in Habsburg Bohemia’, Opera historica 19, no. 2 (2018): 151-90; doi: 10.5281/zenodo.2643264.

‘“ohngeacht alles gebrauchten Ernsts und arrests”: Diebstahlsprozesse im ländlichen Südböhmen um 1700’, Frühneuzeit-Info 29 (2018): 135-48. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.2027465.

‘“To avoid the costs of litigation, the parties compromise…”: Crime, Extrajudicial Settle-ment, and Punishment in Venetian Dalmatia, c. 1550’, in Venezia e il suo Stato da mar: Atti del convegno internazionale, Venezia, 9-11 marzo 2017/Venice and its Stato da mar: Proceedings of the International Congress, Venice, 9-11 March 2017, eds. Rita Tolomei and Bruno Crevato-Selvaggio (Rome: Società Dalmata di Storia Patria, 2018), 127-57; doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1495310.

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Urban Elites of Zadar (Rome, 2013)

"Nothing significant has been written since the books by Grga Novak on Split (1961) and Tomislav Raukar on fifteenth-century Zadar (1977). Now, Urban Elites of Zadar…is a welcome addition to the literature, and to some degree fills the gap.” Egidio Ivetic


Europas habsburgisches Jahrhundert [Europe's Habsburg Century] (Darmstadt, 2018)

This [German] textbook details how the Habsburg dynasty emerged as the most important and most powerful of Europe's aristocratic families…this book is a first attempt to construct a transnational and transimperial account of events and developments that span at least three different historiographic traditions (Austrian, German, and Spanish) and both the Old and New Worlds.


Weltstädte, Metropolen, Megastädte [World Cities, Metropolises, and Mega-Cities] (Ostfildern, 2018)

For the first time in German-language historical research, this volume achieves two main aims: we provide a first suggestion how to conceive of urban centres in a diachronous fashion while proposing an analytical framework (esp. the introd., 11-28) that can be applied synchronously as well.

Essays in German; English abstracts.