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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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