Jacques Le Goff

1924 - 2014

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Jacques Le Goff (French pronunciation: [ʒak lə ɡɔf]; 1 January 1924 – 1 April 2014) was a French historian and prolific author specializing in the Middle Ages, particularly the 12th and 13th centuries. Le Goff championed the Annales School movement, which emphasizes long-term trends over the topics of politics, diplomacy, and war that dominated 19th-century historical research. From 1972 to 1977, he was the head of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Le Goff has received more than 195,901 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Jacques Le Goff is the 37th most popular historian (down from 33rd in 2019), the 518th most popular biography from France (down from 469th in 2019) and the 6th most popular French Historian.

Jacques Le Goff is a French historian and sociologist who is most famous for his work on the Middle Ages. He is also known for his work on the history of the family, the history of education, and the history of women.

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Among historians, Jacques Le Goff ranks 37 out of 561Before him are Bede, Jacob Burckhardt, Edward Gibbon, Ibn Ishaq, Quintus Curtius Rufus, and Eric Hobsbawm. After him are Adam of Bremen, Ali ibn al-Athir, Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani, Lucien Febvre, Samuel von Pufendorf, and Erwin Panofsky.

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Among people born in 1924, Jacques Le Goff ranks 14Before him are Robert Mugabe, Eli Cohen, Süleyman Demirel, Sarah Vaughan, Jean-François Lyotard, and Ezer Weizman. After him are Benoit Mandelbrot, Lauren Bacall, Sergei Parajanov, Paul Feyerabend, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Maurice Jarre. Among people deceased in 2014, Jacques Le Goff ranks 17Before him are Eli Wallach, Gough Whitlam, Hiroo Onoda, Alexander Grothendieck, Nadine Gordimer, and Maximilian Schell. After him are Paco de Lucía, Lauren Bacall, Shirley Temple, Virna Lisi, Alain Resnais, and Bob Hoskins.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jacques Le Goff ranks 518 out of 6,770Before him are Gabriel Marcel (1889), Joseph de Maistre (1753), Gaston Bachelard (1884), Charles de Foucauld (1858), Louis Aragon (1897), and André Maurois (1885). After him are Gaspard II de Coligny (1519), Marie Louise d’Orléans (1662), Childebert I (497), Roger I of Sicily (1031), Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1747), and Auguste Escoffier (1847).

Among HISTORIANS In France

Among historians born in France, Jacques Le Goff ranks 6Before him are Tacitus (54), Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Fernand Braudel (1902), Marc Bloch (1886), and Hippolyte Taine (1828). After him are Lucien Febvre (1878), François Guizot (1787), Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540), Geoffrey of Villehardouin (1150), Gaston Maspero (1846), and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie (1929).