Herbert Franke
Born(1914-09-27)September 27, 1914
DiedJune 10, 2011(2011-06-10) (aged 96)
Scientific career
FieldsHistory, sinology

Herbert Franke (27 September 1914 – 10 June 2011[1]) was a German historian of China. He is particularly known for his works on the history of the Jurchen (Jin) and Mongol (Yuan) Empires in China.

After the end of World War II, Herbert Franke, along with Wolfgang Bauer, was instrumental in establishing the Sinological Section in the University of Munich. Later, he succeeded Erich Haenisch as the head of the Sinology Department at that university.[2]

He is one of the authors of volume 6 of The Cambridge History of China dealing with history of China under the Khitan, Jurchen and Mongol regimes.



  1. ^ Obituary notice Archived 2012-05-27 at archive.today in Süddeutsche Zeitung
  2. ^ Hsiao-yun Kleber-Chan, Sinology in Germany Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine 1998-11-11