Geschichten der romanischen und germanischen Völker von 1494 bis 1535
Leopold von Ranke was one of the most important historians of the 19th century. He was a significant figure in the development of history as an independent academic discipline and created his own form of scholarly presentation. His intensive use and criticism of authentic contemporary sources also set new standards. His understanding of historiography was new and comprehensive in that he sought not only to depict the history of great events or great political structures but the whole spectrum of historical development and human life. As a result, history no longer merely served to explain other disciplines, as had been ist traditional role, but became an end in itself, pursuing separate interests and knowledge.
These ideas were already present in Ranke’s first work, now available in this new edition.