The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Becker, Karl Friedrich

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BECKER, Karl Friedrich, German historian: b. Berlin 1777; d. there, 15 March 1806. He studied philosophy and history at Halle, then was for some time a teacher at Kottbus. On account of continued sickness he was unable for long to follow the profession of teaching, so he gave himself up entirely to historical writing, most of his books being of a popular character. Among his works are 'Erzählungen aus der Alten Welt für die Jugend' (3 vols., Halle 1801-03); 'Weltgeschichte für Kinder und Kinderlehrer' (9 vols., Halle 1801-05). This latter work has been often revised since and many editions have been published.