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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 965 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RITTER HEINRICH ZEISSBERG voN (1839—1899), Austrian historian, was born in Vienna on the 8th of July 1839, and in 1865 became professor of history at the university of Lemberg. In 1871 he removed to Innsbruck; in 1873 he was appointed professor at the university of Vienna, and here he was historical tutor to the crown prince Rudolph. In 1891 he was made director of the Vienna institute for historical research, and in 1896 director of the imperial court library at Vienna. He resigned his professorial chair in 1897 and died on the 27th of May 1899. Zeissberg's writings deal mainly with the history of Austria and of Poland, and among them the following may be mentioned:—Die polnische Geschichtsschreibung des Mittelalters (Leipzig, 1873) ; Arno, erster Erzbischof von Salzburg (Vienna, 1863) ; Die Kriege Kaiser Heinrichs II. mit Herzog Boleslaw I. von Palen (Vienna, 1868) ; Rudolf von Habsburg and der osterreichische Staatsgedanke (Vienna, 1882) ; Uber das Rechtsverfahren Rudolfs von Habsburg gegen Ottokar von Bohmen (Vienna, 1887); and Der osterreichische Erbfolgestreit nach dem Tode des Konigs Ladislaus Posthumus, 1457—58 (Vienna, 1879). Dealing with more recent times he wrote :Zur deutschen Kaiser politik Oesterreichs: ein Beitrag zur Geschichte des Rez'olutionsjahres 1795 (Vienna, 1899) ; Zwei Jahre belgischer Geschichte 1791—92 (Vienna, 1891); Belgien unter der Generalstatthalterschaft Erzherzog Karls 1793—94 (Vienna, 1893—94); Erzherzog Karl von Oesterreich. Lebensbild (Vienna, 1895) ; and Franz Josef I. (Vienna, 1888). He edited three volumes of the Quellen zur Geschichte der Deutschen Kaiser politik Oesterreichs wdhrend der fro:nzosischen Revolutionskriege 1790—1801 (Vienna, 1882—1885, 18go). It is the principal centre of the silver-lead mining district, and has large smelting works.

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