Johan Huizinga

1872 - 1945

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Johan Huizinga (Dutch: [ˈjoːɦɑn ˈɦœyzɪŋɣaː]; 7 December 1872 – 1 February 1945) was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johan Huizinga has received more than 381,848 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia. Johan Huizinga is the 26th most popular historian (down from 23rd in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 32nd in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Historian.

Johan Huizinga is most famous for his book Homo Ludens, which is about the importance of play in human culture.

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Among historians, Johan Huizinga ranks 26 out of 561Before him are Arnold J. Toynbee, Leopold von Ranke, Procopius, Ibn Kathir, Fernand Braudel, and Arrian. After him are Saxo Grammaticus, Marc Bloch, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, Hippolyte Taine, Bede, and Jacob Burckhardt.

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Among people born in 1872, Johan Huizinga ranks 8Before him are Piet Mondrian, Bertrand Russell, Haakon VII of Norway, Alexandra Kollontai, Alexandra Feodorovna, and Calvin Coolidge. After him are Charles Greeley Abbot, Paul Langevin, Marcel Mauss, Anton Denikin, Emil Hácha, and Richard Willstätter. Among people deceased in 1945, Johan Huizinga ranks 24Before him are Heinrich Müller, Wilhelm Canaris, Pietro Mascagni, George S. Patton, Irma Grese, and Pierre Laval. After him are David Lloyd George, Vidkun Quisling, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, August von Mackensen, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, and Hermann Fegelein.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Johan Huizinga ranks 39 out of 1,646Before him are Marco van Basten (1964), William II of the Netherlands (1792), Guus Hiddink (1946), André Rieu (1949), Rinus Michels (1928), and Gerrit Dou (1613). After him are Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Jan Steen (1626), Ruud Gullit (1962), Theo van Gogh (1857), Frank Rijkaard (1962), and Paul Verhoeven (1938).

Among HISTORIANS In Netherlands

Among historians born in Netherlands, Johan Huizinga ranks 1After him are Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798), Jan Huyghen van Linschoten (1563), Reinhart Dozy (1820), Johannes Meursius (1579), and Martin van Creveld (1946).