Samuel von Pufendorf

1632 - 1694

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Samuel Freiherr von Pufendorf (8 January 1632 – 26 October 1694) was a German jurist, political philosopher, economist and historian. He was born Samuel Pufendorf and ennobled in 1694; he was made a baron by Charles XI of Sweden a few months before his death at age 62. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel von Pufendorf has received more than 244,087 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Samuel von Pufendorf is the 42nd most popular historian (down from 40th in 2019), the 494th most popular biography from Germany (down from 466th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Historian.

Samuel von Pufendorf was a German philosopher and jurist. He is most famous for his book, "The Law of Nature and Nations," which was the first work to systematically explore the law of nations.

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Among historians, Samuel von Pufendorf ranks 42 out of 561Before him are Eric Hobsbawm, Jacques Le Goff, Adam of Bremen, Ali ibn al-Athir, Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani, and Lucien Febvre. After him are Erwin Panofsky, Euhemerus, François Guizot, Leonardo Bruni, Niketas Choniates, and Aby Warburg.

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Among people born in 1632, Samuel von Pufendorf ranks 6Before him are John Locke, Johannes Vermeer, Baruch Spinoza, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, and Jean-Baptiste Lully. After him are Christopher Wren, Jean Mabillon, Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy, Michael I Apafi, and Adam Frans van der Meulen. Among people deceased in 1694, Samuel von Pufendorf ranks 4Before him are Mary II of England, Matsuo Bashō, and Marcello Malpighi. After him are Antoine Arnauld, Natalya Naryshkina, Francesco Morosini, Suleiman of Persia, Pierre Puget, John George IV, Elector of Saxony, Hishikawa Moronobu, and Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Samuel von Pufendorf ranks 494 out of 7,253Before him are Emile Berliner (1851), Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731), Otto Loewi (1873), Sophia of Nassau (1836), Jean Paul (1763), and Hans Eysenck (1916). After him are Pope Victor II (1018), Fritz Todt (1891), Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1879), Lothair II, Holy Roman Emperor (1075), Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515), and Maximilian von Weichs (1881).

Among HISTORIANS In Germany

Among historians born in Germany, Samuel von Pufendorf ranks 5Before him are Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), Leopold von Ranke (1795), Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779), and Adam of Bremen (1100). After him are Erwin Panofsky (1892), Aby Warburg (1866), Julius Wellhausen (1844), Erich Auerbach (1892), Hermann Alexander Diels (1848), Christoph Cellarius (1638), and Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1876).