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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.
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