Henri Pirenne

1862 - 1935

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Henri Pirenne (French: [piʁɛn]; 23 December 1862 – 24 October 1935) was a Belgian historian. A medievalist of Walloon descent, he wrote a multivolume history of Belgium in French and became a prominent public intellectual. Pirenne made a lasting contribution to the study of cities that was a controversial interpretation of the end of Roman civilization and the rebirth of medieval urban culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henri Pirenne has received more than 171,567 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Henri Pirenne is the 52nd most popular historian (up from 55th in 2019), the 86th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 94th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Historian.

Henri Pirenne is most famous for his theory that the decline of the Roman Empire was due to the rise of Islam.

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Among historians, Henri Pirenne ranks 52 out of 341Before him are Poggio Bracciolini, Tzvetan Todorov, Callisthenes, Ali ibn al-Athir, Socrates of Constantinople, and Marcus Velleius Paterculus. After him are Euhemerus, John Skylitzes, Joseph Justus Scaliger, Heinrich Wölfflin, Johann Gustav Droysen, and Libanius.

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Among people born in 1862, Henri Pirenne ranks 19Before him are Hilma af Klint, J. Bruce Ismay, Pyotr Stolypin, Victoria of Baden, Niko Pirosmani, and Emilio Salgari. After him are Louis Barthou, Loie Fuller, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Mori Ōgai, Nikolai Yudenich, and Siegbert Tarrasch. Among people deceased in 1935, Henri Pirenne ranks 22Before him are Henri Barbusse, Paul Dukas, Victor Grignard, Hugo de Vries, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, and Max Liebermann. After him are Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, Jane Addams, Hugo Junkers, Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia, John Macleod, and Mihajlo Pupin.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Henri Pirenne ranks 86 out of 899Before him are Émile Verhaeren (1855), Adrian Willaert (1490), Lamoral, Count of Egmont (1522), Dominique Pire (1910), Jacques Piccard (1922), and Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders (1837). After him are Peyo (1928), Henri Vieuxtemps (1820), Margaret III, Countess of Flanders (1350), Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601), Frans Snyders (1579), and Joachim Patinir (1480).

Among HISTORIANS In Belgium

Among historians born in Belgium, Henri Pirenne ranks 1After him are Julien Ries (1920).