Felix Dahn, in full Julius Sophus Felix Dahn, (born Feb. 9, 1834, Hamburg [Germany]--died Jan. 2, 1912, Breslau, Germ. [now Wroclaw, Pol.]), German jurist, historian, poet, and novelist who made his greatest contribution as a scholar of German antiquity.Dahn studied law and philosophy in Munich and Berlin (1849-53) and taught jurisprudence at the Universities of Munich, Wurzburg, Konigsberg, and Breslau, where he was appointed rector in 1895.Dahn's most substantial historical works are Die Konige der Germanen, 11 vol. (1861-1907; "The Kings of the Germanic People"); Die Urgeschichte..
Friedrich Meinecke, (born Oct. 30, 1862, Salzwedel, Prussia--died Feb. 6, 1954, Berlin), the leading German historian of the first half of the 20th century and, together with his teacher Wilhelm Dilthey, a founding father of modern intellectual historiography.Meinecke was a professor at Strassburg (1901), Freiburg im Breisgau (1906), and Berlin (1914-28) and was editor of the Historische Zeitschrift, Germany's most important historical journal, from 1896 until he was dismissed during the Nazi regime in 1935.Meinecke's development from an admirer of Bismarck and the power state to..