JOHANNES FRANCK | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 4, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN: 2588-8277
  • E-ISSN: 2667-162X



Johannes Franck (1854-1914) was the first (1886) and in 1912 a professor of Dutch and Low German in the German empire. In this article I describe his career largely until 1886 by embedding him within the scientific community of his time. Subsequently, I show how anti-Semitism prevented him from becoming a professor of German studies and discuss the policy of appointments in Prussia. To conclude, I argue that these aspects and the difference in scientific cultures between the Netherlands and the German Empire was partly responsible for the fact that he had a marginal position in between two scientific communities.


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