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DAHLMANN, carman, Friedrich Chris toph, German historian: b. Wismar, 13 May 1785; d. Bonn, Prussia, 5 Dec. 1860. He studied at Copenhagen and Halle; in 1812 was appointed professor extraordinary of history at Kiel, and in 1829 accepted a call to fill the chair of politi cal science in the University of Gottingen. There he continued his historical studies, but did not on that account altogether abandon the domain of politics. He contributed in great measure to the establishment of the constitution of Hanover in 1833, and was a vigorous advocate of liberal principles. In 1842 he was appointed to the chair of history in the University of Bonn, where he gave himself up entirely to literary pursuits. The revolution of 1848 recalled him to public life. He was sent as a deputy to the Diet of the confederation, had a share in elabo rating the constitution called that of the "Seven teen,* and became one of the chiefs of the con stitutional or parliamentary party. He was

afterward a member of the Prussian Chamber of Deputies, in which he set himself to withstand the reactionary movement which followed the troubled period of 1848-49; but finally re nounced politics entirely, and devoted the re mainder of his life to literature. He left a large number of works, all characterized by great depth, an accurate understanding of the events he relates and a thorough knowledge of men. Among these are his 'Quellenkunde der deutchen Geschichte' (1830) ; 'Geschichte Dane marks" (1840-43) ; 'Geschichte der englischen Revolution) (1844) ; and Treschichte der f ran ziisischen Revolution) (1845). Consult Nasse, 'F. C. Dahlmann) (Kiel 1885) ; Springer, 'F. C. Dahlmann) (Leipzig 1870-72).