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The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy by Joacob Burckhardt


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For nineteenth-century Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt, the Italian Renaissance was nothing less than the beginning of the modern world – a world in which flourishing individualism and the competition for fame radically transformed science, the arts, and politics.

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In the profound reflections of nineteenth-century Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt, the Italian Renaissance emerges as a pivotal epoch, heralding the dawn of the modern world. In his seminal work, Burckhardt paints a vivid portrait of this transformative era, wherein the flourishing of individualism and the quest for renown revolutionized the realms of science, art, and politics.

With keen insight and historical acumen, Burckhardt unveils the vibrant tapestry of Italian city-states such as Florence, Venice, and Rome, portraying them as crucibles of societal innovation. Here, amidst the bustling streets and palatial courts, the seeds of a new social order are sown, nurturing the growth of creative luminaries from Dante to Michelangelo.

Burckhardt’s magisterial narrative captures the essence of cultural transition, offering a captivating glimpse into a world poised on the cusp of epochal change. His vision anticipates future concepts such as Nietzsche’s ‘Ubermensch,’ as he celebrates an age of unparalleled genius and audacious creativity. As a pioneering interpretation of the Italian Renaissance, Burckhardt’s work continues to resonate with readers, inviting them to explore the origins of modernity through the lens of history’s most luminous epoch.

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Weight0.4 kg
Title

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

Publisher

Phaidon Press

Author

Joacob Burckhardt

Book binding

paperback

Release date

1983

Condition

used

ISBN/EAN        9780714821405