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Maximilian Wolfgang Duncker

Maximilian Wolfgang Duncker 15 October 1811 – 21 July 1886 was a German historian and politician


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Legacy
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Duncker was born in Berlin, Province of Brandenburg, as the eldest son of the publisher Karl Duncker He studied at the universities of Bonn and Berlin till 1834, was then accused of participation in the students' societies, which the government was endeavouring to suppress, and was condemned to six years' imprisonment, afterwards reduced to six months He had already begun his labours as a historian, but after serving his sentence in 1837, found himself debarred till 1839 from completing his course at Halle, where in 1842 he obtained a professorship

Elected to the Frankfurt Parliament in 1848, he joined the Right Centre party, and was chosen reporter of the projected constitution He sat in the Erfurt assembly in 1850, and in the second Prussian chamber from 1849 to 1852 During the crisis in Schleswig and Holstein in 1850 he endeavoured in person to aid the duchies in their struggles An outspoken opponent of the policy of Manteuffel, he was refused promotion by the Prussian government, and in 1857 accepted the professorship of history at Tübingen In 1859, however, he was recalled to Berlin as assistant in the ministry of state in the cabinet of Charles Anthony, Prince of Hohenzollern At that time, Rudolf von Auerswald, a minister without portfolio, led the government in all but name In 1861 was appointed councillor to the crown prince In 1867 he became director of the Prussian archives, with which it was his task to incorporate those of Hanover, Hesse and Nassau He retired on 1 January 1875, and died at Ansbach


Duncker's eminent position among German historians rests mainly on his "Geschichte des Alterthums" 1st edition, 1852–1857; English translation by Evelyn Abbott, 1877–1882 He edited, with JG Droysen, "Preussische staatsschriften aus der regierungszeit König Friedrichs II", and "Urkunden und Actenstucke zur Geschichte des Kurfürsten Friedrich Wilhelm von Brandenburg" To the period of his political activity belong:

  • Zur Geschichte der deutschen Reichsversammlung in Frankfurt 1849
  • Heinrich von Gagern: eine biographische Skizze 1850, in the series of Männer der Gegenwart
  • Vier Monate auswärtiger Politik 1851; anonymous, attributed to Max Duncker

His other works include:

  • Origines Germanicae Commentatio prima 1840
  • Die Krisis der Reformation ein Vortrag in der Versammlung der protestantischen Freunde zu Halle am 6 August 1845, lecture
  • Feudalität und Aristokratie 1858
  • Aus der Zeit Friedrichs des Grossen und Friedrich Wilhelms III Abhandlungen zur preussischen Geschichte 1876
  • Abhandlungen aus der griechischen Geschichte and Abhandlungen aus der neueren Geschichte 1887, both works published after his death


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed 1911 "Duncker, Maximilian Wolfgang" Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed Cambridge University Pressmw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-rightmw-parser-output citation mw-selflink

External links

  • Works by Max Duncker at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Maximilian Wolfgang Duncker at Internet Archive
  • Works by or about Max Duncker at Internet Archive

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