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Author: Jacob Burckhardt
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The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy by Jacob Burckhardt



The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (German: Die Kultur der Renaissance in Italien) is an 1860 work on the Italian Renaissance by Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt. Together with his History of the Renaissance in Italy (Die Geschichte der Renaissance in Italien; 1867) it is counted among the classics of Renaissance historiography. An English translation was produced by . Middlemore in two volumes, London 1878

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Table of Contents Part One: The State as a Work of Art 1-1 Introduction 1-2 Despots of the Fourteenth Century 1-3 Despots of the Fifteenth Century 1-4 The Smaller Despotisms 1-5 The Greater Dynasties 1-6 The Opponents of the Despots 1-7 The Republics: Venice and Florence 1-8 Foreign Policy 1-9 War as a Work.

Burckhardt, the man who invented the modern history of the Renaissance, was S. "Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Burckhardt first describes the state in Italy and carefully describes the rise of the despots, the energy of the republics, and the push and the pull of the papacy. He builds on this, describing the development of the individual, Italy's relationship with its Classical past. Finally, Burckhardt details the science, society and religion of Italy during those impressive years between 1350 and 1550. The civilization that Buckhardt describes in this book is one that slowly leaves the middle ages style of government in fiefdoms and burghs and centralizes it's power under a bureaucratic authority. According to him, this made possible for humanist and creative artistic and moral expressions to flourish and art to become freer and better able to capture the intricacies of human emotions.

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In 1860 Burckhardt wrote his most important work, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy. Through the use of long-overlooked primary sources, he analyzed not only the political situation but the personalities of the day, the philosophical trends, and the material culture of Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries.

For Burckhardt (who wrote & in the 1850s), the Italian Renaissance represented the punctuated end of the middle ages and the beginning of the modern world. He placed particular emphasis on the idea that for the first time in history, the Renaissance gave us "individuality": the idea that a person could separate themselves from the crowd by their creative genius (in art, politics, science, et. Because for so long Burckhardt's 'Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy' defined what the Renaissance was, one must spend at least a little time with Burckhardt to understand current concepts of the Renaissance in any depth. Burckhardt is effectively now a primary source.

Table of Contents Part One: The State as a Work of Art 1 1 Introduction 1 2 Despots of the Fourteenth Century 1 3 Despots of the Fifteenth Century 1 4 The Smaller Despotisms 1 5 The Greater Dynasties 1 6 The Opponents of the Despots 1 7 The Republics: Venice and Florence 1 8 Foreign Policy 1 9 War as a Work.

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. In this landmark work he depicts the Italian city-states of Florence, Venice and Rome as providing the seeds of a new form of society, and traces the rise of the creative individual, from Dante to Michelangelo. A fascinating description of an era of cultural transition, this nineteenth-century masterpiece was to become the most influential interpretation of the Italian Renaissance, and anticipated ideas such as Nietzsche's concept of the 'Ubermensch' in its portrayal of an age of genius.
Reviews: 7
Rich Vulture
As a preface, let me first address all these reviews bemoaning the Bibliobazaar edition - under which this review will no doubt be posted by Amazon. Apparently, it's a digitally scanned edition of some sort, chock-full of typos and even, one reviewer reports, having one chapter printed twice, and for $20.00! Just save yourself the consternation expressed here by so many and buy a used copy of the Penguin Classics edition. It's impeccably edited with an elucidating forward. It's impossible to go wrong with Penguin, and for half the price!

Now, to the book, it's rather difficult to review, as it covers so many diverse aspects of Italian society at the time (times rather, the book spans over two centuries), is full of allusions to people of whom the average, educated reader will never have heard, and, by Burckhardt's own self-deprecating admission, consists of "a string of marginal notes" concerning the place and era.

Still, it's all very interesting. Essentially, I should say that it's a sort of scholarly love letter to a time and place that enchanted Burckhardt - not without its qualifications concerning the dark side of it all. Indeed, Burckhardt spends as much time describing the depredations of the condottieri and such as he does on the glories of Florence.

What was of most interest to me was the light it shed on Nietzsche - who, for the record, was far from a pupil of Burckhardt. Nietzsche's brilliance was such that he attained a full professorship at the age of 24. But there are quotes cited from figures such as Pico della Mirandola that do ring a bell to any devotee of Nietzsche: "...that thou mightiest be free to shape and to overcome thyself." Compare this remark to Nietzsche's famous exhortation that "Man is something which must be overcome!" It lends a bit of credibility to Lord Russell's unfortunate, curt summation of Nietzsche's philosophy as "I wish I had lived in Florence in the age of the Medicis."

So - my summation of this book - a very lively and informative work by a man enchanted of an age and era.
Sinredeemer
Burckhardt's 'Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy' is fundamental to our understanding of the Renaissance, even though it has long since ceased to be definitive. For Burckhardt (who wrote `Civilization' in the 1850s), the Italian Renaissance represented the punctuated end of the middle ages and the beginning of the modern world. He placed particular emphasis on the idea that for the first time in history, the Renaissance gave us "individuality": the idea that a person could separate themselves from the crowd by their creative genius (in art, politics, science, etc.).

Contemporary scholarship, however, takes a more nuanced approach: while Burckhardt did indeed identify in the Renaissance new cultural, political, and artistic trends, it is now argued that the Renaissance nevertheless retained many aspects of medieval civilization while the Italians, and later other Europeans, revived classical art, architecture, and science and created a new economic and political order.

Two different publishers of this book each offer introductions by two excellent contemporary historians: the Penguin Classics version is introduced by Peter Burke, and the Random House Modern Library version is introduced by Peter Gay. In the Penguin version (reviewed here) Burke (as elsewhere) argues that the Renaissance was not the clean break with the medieval past that Burckhardt suggests, although he readily acknowledges Burckhardt's foundational contribution to early Renaissance scholarship: "Burckhardt's view of the Renaissance may be easy to criticize, but it is also difficult to replace."

And of course, Burckhardt's influence on Friedrich Nietzsche should not be ignored: the concept of the `rise of the individual' (found in Part II of `Civilization': The Development of the Individual) was to have significant impact on Nietzsche's concept of the `Übermench.'

Because for so long Burckhardt's 'Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy' defined what the Renaissance was, one must spend at least a little time with Burckhardt to understand current concepts of the Renaissance in any depth. Burckhardt is effectively now a primary source.
Vivaral
Though written long ago it still remains one of the best and most interesting books about the birth of the Renaissance in Italy and its dependence on the national character. Even the title of the first part (State as Work of Art) is fascinating. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of Europe or simply loves Italy.
Pruster
This is a classic in the development of Renaissance Studies, even if it is a work of the 19th C. and this study has been superseded by others (such as Peter Burke or Bruce Cole); but it remains a solid early exploration of social and cultural studies of the period.
Zugar
Though the edition I had was free of typos, and I value Burckhardt's writing for his brilliant insights which have not been invalidated by subsequent scholarship, it was quite unreadable. Middlemore's clumsy but out-of-copyright translation was furnished with a new introduction and some perfunctory footnotes, then fobbed off on an unwitting public. Burckhardt writes in a sophisticated, ironic literary German which is just baffling if translated literally word by word as here. Also, there are countless references to minor events that require clarification: none is provided. A careful, up to date translation with copious annotations is needed. If anyone knows of one, I would be grateful to learn of it.
Malak
A better book could not have fallen into my hands! An American professor in Venice recommended it, and after I read it I was only sorry I had not read it before going to Italy. The mystery of its medieval, rather Renaissance cities (Florence, Venice, among others) would have been clearer; even today's Italians' ways and personality. So much a product of Renaissance Italy...and its wonderful heritage from Ancient Rome. I truly recommend this book for Italy lovers, anyone going there soon, or for the sheer joy of reading a good history book. Jacob Burckkhardt is one of the most intelligent, enlightened historians I know.