Published in 1860, Burckhardt's History forever altered our sense of the European past, vividly illuminating the Renaissance. It remains the greatest account ever written of this crucial period of artistic and cultural innovation. This edition reproduces the classic Middlemore translation.
Peter Gay is Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University and director of the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. His many books include the three-volume The Enlightenment: An Interpretation; Schnitzlers Century: The Making of Middle-Class Culture, 1815-1914; and Freud: A Life for Our Time.
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