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The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy


Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (Basel, May 25, 1818 - August 8, 1897 in Basel) was a historian of art and culture, and an influential figure in the ... Show synopsis

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Italy in 1860

by PB on Mar 24, 2011

In the time-short lives the average person lives evaluating the thesis of any text often is by default reduced to a singular, but critical parameter. As when driving a car, does the stop-light show a green or red light? In the case of Burckhardt's "classic" work on the Renaissance the red light ... More

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Should a discussion of Renaissance Italy explain the stuggle for unification in the 1850s?

In his "Physics", Aristotle tells us that when Italus became king of Oenotria. his kingdom came to be called Italia (Italy). Over time, the Greeks came to identify all the peninsula south of the Po River as Italia, not just the toe where Italus had ruled. The "Italians" returned the favor by calling ... More

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