Annemarie Kleinert

researcher in various fields of history

I was born in Westphalia, as the first of three sisters. After an education in Münster, I specialized in French History. During semester breaks I worked temporarily at Geneva at the international center CERN.

There, I met my later husband Hagen Kleinert who was a professor of physics in Berlin. In 1970 we moved in together, and I started my Ph.D. studies at the Free University Berlin. For several years I was involved in research projects financed by the German Science Foundation (DFG). We married in 1974, and I got my doctor-degree in 1976. In between we spent several times half a sabbatical year at American universities, such as Pasadena, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Miami.

In 1989 I had my son Michael Kleinert. Since then I work as an independent author in the field of cultural history.

The results of my work were presented in books, journals, and lectures.

My most important research dealt with the history of the French feminine press. In that field I published many articles, and two pioneering books. In one of them I discovered that Honoré de Balzac anonymously worked for the Journal des Dames et des Modes before he started his career as a writer of novels. This was unknown before.

A popular book I wrote was the biography on Eva Evdokimova, prima ballerina, especially dancing in the 1970s and 1980s all over the world, often with Rudolf Nureyev.

For the 40th anniversary of the Free University Berlin, I was commissioned to write a documentary on the post-revolutionary years 1969 to 1973.

Another popular book I wrote was the one on the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, starting with the period of its most famous conductor Herbert von Karajan. It was published in German, and translated to English and Japanese.

Born: February 1st, 1947
Deceased: March 2nd, 2021
Nationality: German
Parents: Hedwig and Ferdinand Ludwig
High School: Annette-von-Droste-Huelshoff-Gymnasium, Münster
Further education: French Literature, History, Philosophy, Geography, Textile Design, Pedagogics.
1966 - 1968: University of Muenster
1968 - 1969: University of Grenoble
1969 - 1972: University of Berlin
1972: Staatsexamen für das Lehramt an Gymnasien
1972 - 1976: Free University of Berlin
1976: Doctor of Philosophy
Professional Activities
1969 - 1972: Various part time jobs as a student at the international organisation of CERN in Geneva
1975 - 1976: Research Fellow at the Free University of Berlin
1976 - 1981: Research Fellow at the University of Hannover
1982 - 1984: Various visits of universities in the USA, lectures given at Caltech in Pasadena, at the Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, at the University of Hawaii. Lectures given in Paris, Lyon and Italy.
1985: Research Fellow at the Free University of Berlin
1985 - 1986: Visiting Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego
1987: Research Fellow at the Free University of Berlin
Since 1987: Lectures presented at various institutions: Paris (Sorbonne, Institut Historique Allemand), Bielefeld (Zentrum fuer Interdisziplinaere Forschung), Frankfort (Historisches Museum), Florence (University), Jena (University), La Flèche, Ann Arbour (University). Publication of articles in dictionaries and historical journals. Contribution to the catalogue of an exhibition, broadcast interviews, book reviews. Work in archives and libraries.
2006: Organization of a big scientific conference ( MG11 ) in Berlin.

picture gallery


Music at its Best: The Berlin Philharmonic

From Karajan to Rattle
Books on Demand GmbH, Norderstedt, May 2009, 166 p. (ISBN 3837063615)

The Berlin Philharmonic is a synonym for excellent musical enjoyment. During the last fifty years it has gone from success to success with its illustrious conductors Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, and Sir Simon Rattle. Dr. Annemarie Kleinert relates the history of this period. Knowledgeable and entertainingly, she presents the development and the internal organization of the orchestra, its collaboration with renowned guest conductors, soloists, and composers, as well as its many voyages. This is a factual yet also engaging book that includes personal observations of musicians and conductors along with numerous photographs mostly taken by one of the members of this musical ensemble.

Revised and translated from the German book into English by Annemarie Kleinert and Allan Mitchell.,,,

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Berliner Philharmoniker

Von Karajan bis Rattle
Jaron Verlag, Berlin, 2005, 160 p., with 48 figures (ISBN 3897731312)

German original of the above book entitled "Music at its Best: The Berlin Philharmonic".

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2時間でわかる 世界最高のオーケストラ
Alpha-Beta publishing company, Tokyo, 251 p., June 2007 (ISBN 4871985482)

Revised and translated into Japanese. Translator Hideaki Mogami. With footnotes printed!

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Le Journal des Dames et des Modes

ou la Conquête de l'Europe Féminine (1797 - 1839)
Thorbecke, Stuttgart, 2001, 502 p., with 170 figures (ISBN 3799574409)

The book describes the history of one of the first feminine journals in France. The magazine lastet 42 years, and was widely spread. A critic compared its influence to the one of Napoleon because the periodical's conquests were valued higher than the one of the emperor, lasting longer than his reign. The journal's copperplate engravings were copied everywhere in the civilized world. They originated from talented designers (i.e. Horace Vernet and Paul Gavarni). It is very probable that one of his journalists was the early Honoré de Balzac, a discovery which gives new insights into the Balzac-research.,

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Freie Universität Berlin. 1948 - 1973. Hochschule im Umbruch.

Teil IV: 1969 - 1973. Die ungeliebte Reform.
Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, 1990, 457 p.

Compiled and documented by Annemarie Kleinert, Peter Jahn and Jochen Staadt.

Portrait of an Artist: Eva Evdokimova

Dance Books, London, 1982, 132 p. (ISBN 3927433446)

Eva Evdokimova is doubtless one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. The book describes the dancer's life, assesses her art, and supplies numerous illustrations of key moments in her career. It studies training at ballet schools in Munich and London, her apprenticeship in the corps de ballet in Copenhagen, her rise from soloist to prima ballerina at the Berlin opera, her maturation with the London Festival Ballet, and finally her stardom in many guest performances all over the world. Special attention is payed to her winning competitions in Moscow and Varna, and her being with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad. It also analyses her interpretations of Giselle and Swan Lake. Interviews with some of her fellow dancers, such as Peter Breuer, who shared the stage with her in Coppelia and Romeo and Juliet, provide further insight into her art.

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Porträt einer Künstlerin: Eva Evdokimova

W. Stapp, Berlin, 1981, 135 p. (ISBN 3877767044)

German original of the above book entitled "Portrait of an Artist: Eva Evdokimova".

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Die frühen Modejournale in Frankreich

Studien zur Literatur der Mode von den Anfängen bis 1848.
E. Schmidt 1980 (Studienreihe Romania), 372 p. and numerous tables. (ISBN 3503016147)

This book is a pioneering study of the important sector of the French press, the fashion magazines. It describes how this sector evolved, and the first fifty years of its existence. Exemplarily magazines are investigated as far as their content and style is concerned. One of the key aspects is the connection between politics and these magazines, and also the importance of french famous writers, painters, and engravers for these journals. The book sketches the development of these periodicals from an elitist to a popular press.

With a bibliography of the journals until 1926.

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Articles in Journals

  • Höhepunkte des Ballets in der Deutschen Oper, tip (II, 1979), 31.
  • Nanu? Gibt es den Tanzliebling gleich doppelt?, Berliner Zeitung (April 18th, 1985), 4.
  • Inside - Outside. Das 'American Dance Theatre' in Berlin, tip (XIII, 1985), 22 - 23.
  • Berliner Profile. Jan Broeckx: Schwan im Korb", mit Sabine Wucyna, tip (XVI, 1985), 74-75.

Articles in Books


  • Les Dangers de la lecture. Une interprétation historique de textes littéraires du moyen âge au temps présent,
    Institut Historique Allemand, Paris (May 1980).
  • Zur Geschichte der Modeliteratur. Eine historische Studie,
    University of Hanover (Oktober 1980); German-American Club, Berlin (June 1983).
  • La Naissance d'une presse de mode à la veille de la Révolution,
    University of Lyon (June 1981).
  • Das Ballett an der Deutschen Oper Berlin,
    Freie Universität Berlin (February 1982).
  • The Evolution of an Art : Photography,
    Centro di Cultura, Erice, Italy (August 1982).
  • Women's Magazines in 18th & 19th Century Europe,
    Independent Scholars, San Diego (January 1986); University of California at San Diego (March 1986).
  • Gebrauchsanleitung für bürgerliches Wohlverhalten: Die Frauenzeitschriften des 19. Jahrhunderts,
    Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld (February 1987).
  • Balzac inconnu: d'abord journaliste, puis écrivain. Les premières années de sa carrière et son interaction avec la presse de l'époque (1819 à 1822),
    Institut Historique Allemand, Paris (April 1987).
  • Les Manifestations vestimentaires de la Révolution française,
    Sorbonne, Paris (July 1989).
  • Die französische Revolution in französischen Frauenzeitschriften,
    University of Frankfurt (November 1989).
  • Il 'Journal des Dames et des Modes' ed il suo contributo all'emancipazione femminile,
    University of Florence (March 2000).
  • Die französischsprachige Konkurrenz des 'Journal des Luxus und der Moden',
    University of Jena (June 2000).
  • Von Karajan bis Rattle,
    Hoch-Rhein-Gesellschaft der Freunde der Berliner Philharmonie (February 2008).
  • 'Journal des Dames et des Modes',
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (April 2009).
  • 'La Mésangère', propagateur de la mode parisienne,
    Prytanée, La Flèche (July 2009).
  • Die Berliner Philharmoniker,
    Urania, Berlin (March 2010).


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