Ranke, Leopold ˜vonœ 1795-1886

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German historian.

From the description of Autograph notes signed : [n.p.], 1842 Apr. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616292

Leopold von Ranke (1795-1886) was a German historian and historiographer. He was highly influential in shaping the modern approach to history, emphasizing such things as reliance on primary sources, narrative history and international politics. He rejected the idea that each era is by definition superior to those that preceded it, as well as the idea of sweeping historical theories that attempt to encompass huge swathes of time and geography. His niece Amalie von Ranke was the mother of the British novelist and poet Robert Graves, whose full name was Robert von Ranke Graves.

Ranke's personal and professional library, consisting of more than 10,000 books, several hundred manuscripts and approximately 5 linear ft. of personal papers, was purchased for Syracuse University in 1887 and formed the nucleus of what is now the Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).

Theodor Weidemann, whose bibliographic aids about the Ranke Library are also included in the collection, was Ranke's amanuensis for the last fifteen years of his life.

From the guide to the Leopold von Ranke Papers, 1765-1886, 1828-1886, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Leopold von Ranke (1795-1886) was a German historian and historiographer. He was highly influential in shaping the modern approach to history, emphasizing such things as reliance on primary sources, narrative history and international politics. He rejected the idea that each era is by definition superior to those that preceded it, as well as the idea of sweeping historical theories that attempt to encompass huge swathes of time and geography.

Ranke's personal and professional library, consisting of more than 10,000 books, several hundred manuscripts and approximately 5 linear ft. of personal papers, was purchased for Syracuse University in 1887 and formed the nucleus of what is now the Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).

Theodor Weidemann, whose bibliographic aids about the manuscripts are also included in the collection, was Ranke's amanuensis for the last fifteen years of his life.

From the guide to the Leopold von Ranke Manuscript Collection, circa 1500-1900, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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associatedWith Boeckh, August, 1785-1867. person
correspondedWith Boswell, James, 1740-1795 person
associatedWith Bush, Charles Roland. person
associatedWith Catholic Church corporateBody
associatedWith Graves family. family
associatedWith Graves, Robert Ranke, 1895-1985 person
associatedWith Jesuits corporateBody
associatedWith Müllner, Johann, 1565-1634. person
associatedWith Ranke, Clarissa von, 1801-1871 person
associatedWith Ranke family. family
associatedWith Wiedemann, Theodor, 1823-1901 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
France
Austria
Urbino (Italy)
Venice (Italy)
Savoy (France and Italy)
Vienna (Austria)
Italy
Spain
Turkey
Subject
Manuscripts, Italian
Historians
Politics, government and public administration
Historians--Germany
Papacy--History
Church history--Middle Ages, 600-1500
Occupation
Collector
Historians
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Birth 1795-12-21

Death 1886-05-23

Germans

German

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