Wilhelm Oncken

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Wilhelm Oncken
Wilhelm Oncken 1838-1905 a.jpg
Born (1838-12-19)19 December 1838
Heidelberg, German Confederation
Died 11 August 1905(1905-08-11) (aged 66)
Gießen, German Empire
Occupation Historian

Christian Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Oncken (19 December 1838 – 11 August 1905) was a German historian.


Oncken was born in Heidelberg. The brother of economist August Oncken, he taught history at the University of Gießen.

Oncken was a typical nineteenth-century national liberal, using history as a means of national political education. From the history of ancient Greece, he later turned to the history of Prussia.

Oncken was also editor of the magazine Allgemeine Geschichte in Einzeldarstellungen ("common history in single representations"; 45 volumes, 1876-1893).

Oncken died in Gießen.