Wilhelm Oncken

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Wilhelm Oncken
Wilhelm Oncken 1838-1905 a.jpg
Born(1838-12-19)19 December 1838
Died11 August 1905(1905-08-11) (aged 66)

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 collection de:Allgemeine Geschichte in Einzeldarstellungen ("general history in monographs"; 45 volumes, 1876-1893).

Oncken died in Gießen.


  • Helmut Berding: Oncken, Wilhelm. Neue Deutsche Biographie. Vol. 19, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-428-00200-8, p. 536 f.