Karl Ploetz Writer

Karl Julius Ploetz (1819-07-08 - 1881-02-06) was a German author of scholarly works, most notably his Epitome of History published in the English language in 1883. Ploetz was born in Berlin. He is credited with the idea of arranging historic data by dates, geographic location, and other factors. As later used in the English language, Encyclopedia of World History credited with being one of the most complete and comprehensive academic tools available before the electronic revolution. His work was a compilation of factual world events designed to help the students and the general reader. The first English translation was in the U.S. in 1883 by William H. Tillinghast and published by Houghton Mifflin Company. The name of the original work (in a form of a handbook) was Auszug aus der alten, mittleren und neueren Geschichte. Karl Ploetz died in Görlitz in 1881.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 8th, 1819
Date of death
February 6th, 1881 at age of 61

Written work

1.Epitome of ancient, mediaeval and modern history,

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1884. at New York City

2.Ploetz' epitome of history

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1935. at New York City


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