Felix Gilbert

Historian, Author

1905 – 1991

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Who was Felix Gilbert?

Felix Gilbert was a German-born American historian of early modern and modern Europe. Gilbert was born in Baden-Baden, Germany to a middle-class Jewish family, and part of the Mendelssohn Bartholdy clan. In the latter half of the 1920s, Gilbert studied under Friedrich Meinecke at the University of Berlin. Gilbert's area of expertise was the Renaissance, especially the diplomatic history of the period. He was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from 1962 to 1975, and maintained an active involvement as an emeritus faculty member until his death in 1991.

The main reading room of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. is named in his honor.

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Born
May 21, 1905
Baden-Baden
Ethnicity
  • German American
Profession
Education
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
Died
Feb 14, 1991

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on July 23, 2013

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