Erling von Mende

Erling von Mende ( born October 10, 1940 in Berlin) was from 1983 to 2007 Professor of Sinology at the East Asian Seminar of the Free University of Berlin. He focuses on the social and economic history of the traditional material culture of China, especially the early Song Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty, the early Qing period, with special consideration of the Manchurian influence and Mandschuristik, Xinjiang and Manchuria, as well as the imperial foreign policy in the northern and northeastern border areas.


Erling von Mende was born the son of a university professor Gerhard von Mende and the Native Norwegian Karoline Espeseth in Berlin. After the completion of the humanistic Gymnasium Gorres in Dusseldorf 1960, he first completed a degree in law at the Universities of Hamburg and Freiburg. In 1963 he then took the study of Chinese Studies in Bonn, first under Peter Olbricht, from 1964, with Walter Fuchs in Cologne. At the same time he studied economic history at Hermann trowel Benz and Medieval and Modern History at A. Brühl and T. Schieder.

The promotion took place in 1969 in Cologne ( Chinese Studies, Economic History, Mandschuristik ) with the dissertation The economic and konsulären Norway's relations with China from the mid-19th century. . before the First World War " by Walter Fox and Herrmann trowel Benz 1979 he habilitated in Cologne ( Sinology and Mandschuristik ) with the Habilitationsschrift China and the states on the Korean peninsula to the 12th century: A study on the development of forms of inter-state relations in East Asia.