This book investigates Leopold von Ranke's concept of objectivity by looking at his private life and how it influenced his historical writing, primarily in regards to his marriage, examining his treatment of Irish history as contrasted with his account of English history. His wedding to Clarissa Graves, an Irish woman, in 1843 not only changed his whole life, it also influenced the writing of his books. Hundreds of spontaneous letters of Clarissa to her relatives in England and Ireland contain details of contacts, meetings, information on documents that were copied in archives, descriptions of research trips, and meetings with statesmen which reveal how Ranke worked, collected his material, and eventually composed his books.
Dr. Andreas Dieter Boldt is a Tutor in the Department of History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Foreword by Prof. Dr. Jurgen Elvert; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Family Background of Leopold Ranke and Clarissa Graves before 1843; The Ranke Family (1843-86); The Writing of Ranke's History of England; Irish History in Ranke's History of England; Ranke's Use of Language and Sources; Ranke's Treatment of Irish History Compared with that of Macaulay, Froude and Lecky; Appendix I: Marginalia and Annotations in Books from Ranke's Library; Appendix II: Books in Ranke's Private Library Dealing with English or Irish History; Bibliography; Index.