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Leopold von Ranke (1795–1886)

Ranke, Leopold von (ränk’ė). A leading German historian; born at Wiehe, Saxony, Dec. 21, 1795; died on May 23, 1886. His ‘History of the Popes, their Church and State’ (1834–36), is one of the most widely circulated histories of modern times. His ‘History of Germany during the Reformation’ (1839–47) is regarded in Germany as his best production. Among his other important works are: ‘Critique on Modern Historians’ (1824); ‘Princes and Nations of South Europe during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’ (1827); and ‘Genesis of the Prussian States’ (1847). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).