Giesebrecht, Wilhelm von

Giesebrecht, Wilhelm von

(vĭl`hĕlm fən gē`zəbrĕkht), 1814–89, German historian. A gifted student of Ranke, he later taught at the Univ. of Königsberg. His Geschichte der deutschen Kaiserzeit [history of the imperial period of Germany] (5 vol., 1855–88) remains a monument of scholarship as well as literature. It terminates with the reign of Emperor Frederick I.
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