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Author Sigurdson, Richard Franklin

Title Jacob Burckhardt's social and political thought / Richard Sigurdson
Published Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, ©2004


Description 1 online resource (xii, 279 pages)
Contents A historian in troubled times -- Cultural versus political history : Burckhardt and Ranke -- Burckhardt's cultural history : philosophy, style, and poetry -- Elements : scepticism, organicism, and human nature -- Themes : freedom, the state, and society -- Burckhardt and Nietzsche : two critiques of modernity -- Conclusion : an astute political thinker
Summary "Best known as the author of The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt (1818-97) is one of the most important figures in the development of European historiography. His critique of modernity and his emphasis on the importance of cultural history have helped to shape intellectual history in Europe, as have his analyses of political power, particularly those concerning totalitarianism. In this work, the first book-length study in English of Burckhardt's political and social thought, Richard Sigurdson explores the major themes in Burckhardt's political writings: the relationship between the individual and mass society, the tensions between equality and excellence, the quality and nature of culture in a mass age, and the role of the intellectual in the modern world."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes English
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Subject Burckhardt, Jacob, 1818-1897 -- Political and social views
Burckhardt, Jacob, 1818-1897
Burckhardt, Jacob.
HISTORY -- Historiography.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- History & Theory.
Political and social views
Politisches Denken
Politieke ideeën.
Sociale ideeën.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781442676367