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Arndt Brendecke is a german historian and studied History at the University of Munich, where he received a Ph.D. in 1999 for his thesis on the turns of the centuries. His second book (Habilitation) focuses on the functions of knowledge in early modern Spanish colonial rule.

Brendecke was a research assistant at the History Department of the University of Munich (2001-06), a visiting fellow of the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid (2002-03), and a lecturer of Latin American History at the University of Berne (2008).

After the call (2009) to the chair of history and cultures of Latin America, University of Bern, he taught there until the summer of 2011 and served as director of the Center for Global Studies at the Institute of Advanced Study University of Bern Berne. 2010 his habilitation thesis was awarded the enabling / Carl Erdmann Award Association of Historians of Germany. 2011 followed Brendecke a chair at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, where he is the successor of Prof. Winfried Schulze modern history.

He has been a principal researcher and, since 2007, the deputy spokesmen of the Collaborative Research Centre ’Pluralisierung und Autorität in der Frühen Neuzeit’ of the University of Munich. Since 2006 he is a Research Fellow (Dilthey Fellow) of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Recently he has co-edited a volume on information in early modern times : Information in der Frühen Neuzeit.

Status, Bestände, Strategien (Münster 2008). His book on knowledge and colonial rule will soon be published under the title : Imperium und Empirie. Funktionen des Wissens in der Spanischen Kolonialherrschaft (Köln 2009).

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