The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical Imagination, 1860–1930 (Ideas in Context)

The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical Imagination, 1860–1930 (Ideas in Context)

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Dr Martin A. Ruehl
Cambridge University Press, 10/15/2015
EAN 9781107036994, ISBN10: 1107036992

Hardcover, 341 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Germany's bourgeois elites became enthralled by the civilization of Renaissance Italy. As their own country entered a phase of critical socioeconomic changes, German historians and writers reinvented the Italian Renaissance as the onset of a heroic modernity: a glorious dawn that ushered in an age of secular individualism, imbued with ruthless vitality and a neo-pagan zest for beauty. The Italian Renaissance in the German Historical Imagination is the first comprehensive account of the debates that shaped the German idea of the Renaissance in the seven decades following Jacob Burckhardt's seminal study of 1860. Based on a wealth of archival material and enhanced by more than one hundred illustrations, it provides a new perspective on the historical thought of Imperial and Weimar Germany, and the formation of a concept that is still with us today.

List of illustrations
1. Introduction
Quattrocento Florence and what it means to be modern
2. Ruthless Renaissance
Burckhardt, Nietzsche and the violent birth of the modern self
3. Death in Florence
Thomas Mann and the ideologies of Renaissancismus
4. 'The first modern man on the throne'
Reich, race and rule in Ernst Kantorowicz's Frederick the Second
5. The Renaissance reclaimed
Hans Baron's case for Bürgerhumanismus
6. Conclusion
the waning of the Renaissance - death and afterlife of an idea