The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Hillebrand, Karl

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HILLEBRAND, Karl, German critic and historian: b. Giessen, 17 Sept. 1829; d. Florence, 19 Oct 1884. For participation in the insurrection in Baden (1849) he was imprisoned, but escaped to France, where he was graduated at the Sorbonne, and in 1863 became professor of foreign languages at Douai. On the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, he removed to Italy and passed the remainder of his life there. He was a remarkable linguist, writing valuable books in French, German, Italian and English. Among these are ‘Geschichte Frankreichs v. d. Thronbesteigung Ludwing Philipps biz zum Fall Napoleon III’ (1848): ‘Des Conditions de la Bonne Comedie’ (1863); ‘La Prusse Contemporanie’ (1867); ‘Public Instruction in the United States’ (1869); ‘Lectures on German Thought during the Last Two Hundred Years’ (1880). Consult Homberger, ‘Karl Hillebrand’ (1884).