Dahlmann, Friedrich Christoph

Dahlmann, Friedrich Christoph

Dahlmann, Friedrich Christoph (frēˈdrĭkh krĭsˈtôf dälˈmän), 1785–1860, German historian. He was dismissed from his professorship at Göttingen for protesting (1837) the abrogation of the constitution by King Ernest Augustus of Hanover. He later taught at Bonn, and he was prominent in the Frankfurt Parliament (1848–49). His Quellenkunde der deutschen Geschichte [sources of German history] (1830), enlarged in many subsequent editions, is an indispensable aid to the study of German history.
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Dahlmann, Friedrich Christoph


Born May 13, 1785, in Wismar; died Dec. 5, 1860, in Bonn. German historian and politician. A bourgeois liberal.

Dahlmann was a professor at several universities: at Kiel from 1812 to 1829, at Göttingen from 1829 to 1837, at Jena from 1838 to 1842, and at Bonn from 1842 on. In 1830 he published a bibliographical guide to German history (revised and updated in 1869 by G. Waitz and then by other historians), which has become a very important bibliographical aid for German history. He published History of Denmark from 1840 to 1844. In 1848 and 1849 he was a deputy to the Frankfurt National Assembly, where he was a leader of the proponents of the “Kleindeutsch” policy, that is, a united Germany under Prussian hegemony.


Quellenkunde der deutschen Geschichte. Gottingen, 1830.
Geschichte von Danemark, vols. 1–3. Hamburg, 1840–44.


Christern, H. F. Ch. Dahlmanns politische Entwicklung bis 1848.... Leipzig, 1921.
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