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    The city of Vienna and the University

    Map

    The interactive map offers an orientation in space. It shows the different buildings of the university through time. Besides the current city map, three historical maps of the City of Vienna from different epochs can be faded in (Wolmuet-Plan 1547, Stadtplan Steinhausen 1710, Franziszeischer Kataster 1829).
    Contents change according to the position of the time slider on the bottom of the map. Buildings, events and people of university history are located in today’s geographical surroundings, but you can also historical geographical changes in the City of Vienna.

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  • Main Topics

    Split into seven main topics encompassing the 650 years of university history, you can find topics that include such subjects as the university’s deed of foundation, the 1848 revolution, denazification and open access to the university. A total of 40 topics with more than 90 articles...

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Welcome
650 plus – History of the
University of Vienna

Welcome to the website dedicated to the 650 years of University of Vienna history.

This history is presented through varied approaches via hypertextually connected content.

Topical access allows comprehensive insights with over 140 topics and articles.

Temporal and spatial references can be found on the interactive timeline and map.

 

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Current topic

Reformation 500th Anniversary

The age of the Reformation began with the so-called "Thesenanschlag" of Martin Luther on October 31, 1517. The dissemination of the teachings of Luther, who strictly rejected universities as papal institutions, led to a dramatic decline of student numbers in the Holy Roman Empire in the 1520s – also at the University of Vienna. In addition, newly founded Protestant schools and universities competed with the existing Catholic institutions.
The education system became an object and instrument of confessional conflicts. Under Archduke Ferdinand I, profound reforms began to take place at the University of Vienna, aiming at eliminating the idea of reformation: both students (e.g. through scholarships) and professors were examined for their "right faith". The recatholization of the Vienna University led to the appointment of the Society of Jesus to Vienna in 1551.

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What you can find here

Split into seven main topics encompassing the 650 years of university history, you can find topics that include such subjects as the university’s deed of foundation, the 1848 revolution, denazification and open access to the university. A total of 40 topics with more than 90 articles containing detailed information offer a comprehensive overview of the history of the University of Vienna.

Topics overview


Persons

Numerous individuals with particular importance to the university history of Vienna are gathered in a profile database.

This database includes basic data about the individuals and their functions (e.g. rector), as well as a growing number of short biographies.

See also main topic Actors

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Images

The display depot offers an image-oriented approach to the website’s contents.

You can research in it with the help of filter and search functions.

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Buildings

This category includes important historical and current university buildings with brief information on each building’s history.
These can be located on historic and current maps of Vienna and can be contextualized with the help of additional texts via links within the website.

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Interactive approaches

The timeline offers an orientation in time. It organizes the content of the website according to chronological aspects, thus providing an overview of the university’s history from the foundation in 1365 to the recent past. You can zoom in to different epochs in the header or with the slider on the bottom to journey through the past of the Alma Mater Rudolphina.

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Map

The interactive map offers an orientation in space. It shows the different buildings of the university through time. Besides the current city map, three historical maps of the City of Vienna from different epochs can be faded in (Wolmuet-Plan 1547, Stadtplan Steinhausen 1710, Franziszeischer Kataster 1829).
Contents change according to the position of the time slider on the bottom of the map. Buildings, events and people of university history are located in today’s geographical surroundings, but you can also historical geographical changes in the City of Vienna.

to the map