Giesebrecht, Wilhelm von
Wilhelm von Giesebrecht (vĬl´hĕlm fən gē´zəbrĕkht), 1814–89, German historian. A gifted student of Ranke, he later taught at the Univ. of Königsberg. His Geschichte der deutschen Kaiserzeit [history of the imperial period of Germany] (5 vol., 1855–88) remains a monument of scholarship as well as literature. It terminates with the reign of Emperor Frederick I.