Nicolai Publishing & Intelligence has its origins in the traditional publishing house Nicolai Verlag, founded in 1713 in Berlin as the Nicolaische Verlagsbuchhandlung.

Back then, in years of radical economic, social and political changes, the doctrines of the Enlightenment attracted a great deal of interest throughout the country. The efforts of Friedrich Nicolai, the son of the founder, were an important driver of this interest.

Our roots, dating back to the Age of Enlightenment, today give us the strong foundation to support our transformation into Nicolai Publishing & Intelligence. Our publishing house embeds Friedrich Nicolai’s enlightened values in the here and now, into the technical and political turning points of today’s world. Our mission is to shape public contemplation and forethought by encouraging openness, courage and curiosity in increasingly complex times.

By driving public contemplation that counteracts a longing for simple or fast solutions we make it possible to discuss the fundamental questions and fears of the 21st century. This includes a forum that taps leading thinkers and science writers from different positions in order to provide perspective and direction in times of democratic crisis. We believe that sharing multiple points of view and ways of thinking invites debate, sharpens perspective, and allows for sound reasoning.

When it comes to our books, we also encourage a discursive exchange of opinion with all of our publications. We publish authors that recognize the correlations among ideas, moments in history that demand reflection and promote the power of imagination. Not surprisingly, these authors often deliver resiliant solutions for our times.

Christiane zu Salm
Nicolai Publishing & Intelligence



Nicolai Preview October 2018 / PDF

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