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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

80th anniversary of the "Anschluss" 1938

With the "Anschluss" of Austria to the German Reich on March 12, 1938, the University of Vienna was quickly transformed into a National Socialist institution. In the first days after the “Anschluss” National Socialists took over the most important scientific positions. Within a few months more than 2,700 mainly Jewish members of the University of Vienna were expelled, under active participation by the students, officials and professors. In In the following years, many political opponents became victims of the Nazi regime's persecution. The number of students continued to decline as a result of conscription for military service.​ Teaching and research were reoriented towards “völkisch” (“ethnic”) aspects and exploited for the “Endsieg” (“ultimate victory”). Many political opponents became victims of the Nazi regime's persecution.

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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