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The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical Imagination, 1860-1930, Hardback Book

The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical Imagination, 1860-1930 Hardback

Part of the Ideas in Context series


Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Germany's bourgeois elites became enthralled by the civilization of Renaissance Italy.

As their own country entered a phase of critical socioeconomic changes, German historians and writers reinvented the Italian Renaissance as the onset of a heroic modernity: a glorious dawn that ushered in an age of secular individualism, imbued with ruthless vitality and a neo-pagan zest for beauty.

The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical Imagination is the first comprehensive account of the debates that shaped the German idea of the Renaissance in the seven decades following Jacob Burckhardt's seminal study of 1860. Based on a wealth of archival material and enhanced by more than one hundred illustrations, it provides a new perspective on the historical thought of Imperial and Weimar Germany, and the formation of a concept that is still with us today.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 341 pages, 73 Halftones, unspecified; 73 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781107036994

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