Ranke definition by Webster's New World
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Ranke, Leopold von 1795-1886; Ger. historian
Ranke definition by American Heritage Dictionary
, Leopold von 1795-1886.
German historian who pioneered the modern methods of rigorously analyzing firsthand documentation. His works include The History of the Popes (1834-1836).