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Author Ruehl, Martin A., 1970-

Title The Italian Renaissance in the German historical imagination, 1860-1930 / Martin A. Ruehl.

Publication Info. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 317 pages)
Series Ideas in context
Ideas in context.
Contents Introduction: Quattrocento Florence and what it means to be modern -- "An uncanny re-awakening" : Nietzsche's renascence of the Renaissance out of the spirit of Jacob Burckhardt -- Death in Florence : Thomas Mann and the ideologies of Renaissancismus -- "The first modern man on the throne" : Reich, race, and rule in Ernst Kantorowicz's Frederick the Second -- The Renaissance reclaimed : Burgerhumanismus and the forging of the Baron thesis -- Conclusion: The waning of the Renaissance : Death and after-life of an idea.
Summary 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 a 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.
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Subject BMBF-Statusseminar
Renaissance -- Italy -- Historiography.
Italy -- Foreign public opinion, German.
Historiography -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Historiography -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Renaissance in literature.
German literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
German literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Germany -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Germany -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Chronological Term 1800-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Ruehl, Martin A., 1970- Making of modernity 9781139583206 (DLC) 2014040270
ISBN 9781316318799 (electronic bk.)
1316318796 (electronic bk.)
9781139583206 (electronic bk.)
1139583204 (electronic bk.)
9781107036994 (hardback)
1107036992 (hardback)