Johannes Von Müller

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Müller, Johannes Von


Born Jan. 3, 1752, in Schaffhausen; died May 29, 1809, in Kassel. Swiss historian.

Müller’s major work was A History of the Swiss Confederation (vols. 1–5, 1786–1808), an account of events to 1489; it was later brought up to 1851 by other historians. The work was written in the spirit of the Enlightenment. Müller portrayed the Swiss past in heroic colors and idealized the primitive patriarchal way of life of medieval Switzerland. His writings influenced the formation of the national consciousness of the Swiss people, but his work had little scholarly value, largely because he used sources uncritically.

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On her journeys, she visited with notable personalities such as Johannes von Muller (1752-1809), Friedrich Schiller's wife, Charlotte von Lengefeld (1766-1826), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803), Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), and Klopstock.
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