On the Importance of Being an Individual in Renaissance Italy: Men, Their Professions, and Their Beards

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In recent decades, scholars have vigorously revised Jacob Burckhardt's notion that the free, untrammeled, and essentially modern Western individual emerged in Renaissance Italy. Douglas Biow does not deny the strong cultural and historical constraints that placed limits on identity formation in the early modern period. Still, as he contends in this witty, reflective, and generously illustrated book, the category of the individual was important and highly complex for a variety of men in this particular time and place, for ...

On the Importance of Being an Individual in Renaissance Italy: Men, Their Professions, and Their Beards 2015, University of Pennsylvania Press, Pennsylvania

ISBN-13: 9780812246711

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