A Renaissance Reclaimed – NEW

‘A Renaissance Reclaimed: Jacob Burckhardt’s Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy Reconsidered’

Edited by Stefan Bauer and Simon Ditchfield Oxford University Press, 2022

A Renaissance Reclaimed brings together an international team of historians of scholarship, politics, religion, literature, and ideas, whose expertise straddles the Renaissance and nineteenth century, to evaluate the achievement and legacy of the most famous work by the Swiss ‘father of cultural history’ Jacob Burckhardt (1818-97): The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy (1860). The capaciousness of Burckhardt’s vision, which embraced fashion, false teeth, and hair extensions as well as the ‘State as a work of art’, development of the individual, revival of antiquity, discovery of the world and of man, society and festivals, and morality and religion, has never been equalled. Insights in this volume are made possible by the new critical edition that only serves to emphasise how artful Burckhardt’s reading of primary (pre-eminently literary rather than art-historical) sources was. It also shows how Burckhardt’s ambivalence towards the Renaissance reflected his deep anxieties about the social and political corollaries of modernisation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Renaissance Reclaimed: Burckhardt’s Civilisation of the Renaissance Reconsidered, STEFAN BAUER AND SIMON DITCHFIELD

Prologue: The Making of a Text

1:A Renaissance from Scraps: The Material Evidence for a New Critical Edition of Burckhardt’s Book, MIKKEL MANGOLD

2:’A Centaur at the Edge of the Forest’: Jacob Burckhardt as Cultural Historian, MARTIN A. RUEHL

Part 1: The State as a Work of Art

3:’The State as a Work of Art’: State and Politics in Burckhardt and in Italian Renaissance Political Thought, ROBERT BLACK

Part 2: The Development of the Individual

4:The Performance of Identity in Renaissance Italy, VIRGINIA COX

5:Expressions of the Self in Burckhardt’s Renaissance, WIETSE DE BOER

Part 3: The Revival of Antiquity

6:The Colours of Antiquity in Burckhardt’s Portrait of the Renaissance in Italy, BARBARA VON REIBNITZ

7:Burckhardt, Humanists, and the Remains of Antiquity, WILLIAM STENHOUSE

Part 4: The Discovery of the World and of Man

8:What is Left of the Renaissance? The Discovery of the World and of Man from a Cosmopolitan Perspective, JOAN-PAU RUBIÉS

9:Burckhardt’s (New) World and Ours: Rethinking the Renaissance in the Age of Global History, GIUSEPPE MARCOCCI

Part 5: Society and Festivals

10:’A heightened moment in the life of the people’? Festivals in their Social Context and Burckhardt’s Legacy to Modern Festival Research, HELEN WATANABE-O’KELLY FBA

Part 6: Morality and Religion

11:Burckhardt’s Beliefs and Renaissance Religions, NICHOLAS TERPSTRA

12:Burckhardt, Religion, and the ‘Principle of Correction’: From Renaissance to Reformation, STEFAN BAUER



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