About Me

Personal Life

Reinhard Zöllner

  • Born July 22, 1961 in Bloemfontein (South Africa)
  • married, 3 children


  • 1981-1988: Major in Latin and History, University of Kiel (State examination, 1988); Minor in Japanology, University of Hamburg and Sophia University, Tôkyô
  • 1992: Ph.D. in Asian History, University of Kiel (Dissertation thesis: „Die Ludowinger und die Takeda. Feudale Herrschaft in Thüringen und Kai no kuni“)
  • 1997: Habilitation in Japanology, University of Trier (Habilitation thesis: „Japans Karneval der Krise. Êjanaika und die Meiji-Restauration“)

Professional Career

Research Interests

  • Early modern and modern history of Japan, esp. social and cultural history
  • East Asian history
  • Japanese paleography and chronology
  • Media and animation movie history
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