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Schmidt, Wilhelm Adolf

SCHMIDT, WILHELM ADOLF (1812-1887), German historian, was born in Berlin on the 26th of September 1812. He became in 1851 professor of history at Zurich, and nine years later professor at Jena, where he died on the loth of April 1887. He was a member of the Frankfort parliament in 1848, and of the German Reichstag from 1874 to 1876. His historical works deal mainly with modern German history, and the most important of them are:

Preussens deutsche Politik (Berlin, 1850, and other editions); Geschichte der preussisch-deutschen Unionsbestrebungen (Berlin, 1851); Zeitgenbssische Geschichten (Berlin, 1859); Elsass und Lothringen (Leipzig, 1859 and 1870); and Geschichte der deutschen Verfassungsfrage wdhrend der Befreiungskriege und des Wiener Kongresses (Stuttgart, 1890), which was published after his death by A. Stern. Schmidt also wrote : Tableaux de la Revolution Franc,aise publics sur les papiers inedits du department de la police secrete de Pans (Leipzig, 1867-1870); Pariser Zustande wahrcnd der Revolutionszeit (Jena, 1874-1876), translated into French by P. Vioilet (Paris, 1880-1885) ; Das Perikleische Zeitalter (Jena, 1877-1879); Handbuch der griechischen Chronologie (Jena, 1888) ; and Abhandlungen zur alien Geschichte (Leipzig, 1888).

See H. Landwehr, Zur Erinnerung an Adolf Schmidt (Berlin, 1887).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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