Wednesday, August 11, 2004
German Historian Wolfgang Mommsen, who came from a notable family of historians (father was noted Romanist Theodor, his brother Weimar expert Hans), died while swimming in the Baltic Sea. Heart failure is suspected. Mommsen was an expert on the Second German Empire, Bismarck, and German imperialism. His book Theories of Imperialism is standard reading in modern European history.
Read what Mommsen wrote about the German invasion of Belgium in WWI here.
[Update]: New article on the investigation into his death.