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Life[ edit ] The son of a Protestant clergymanBurckhardt was born and died in Baselwhere he studied theology in the hope of taking holy orders ; however, under the influence of Wilhelm Martin Leberecht de Wettehe chose not to become a clergyman.
He was a member of the patrician Burckhardt family. He finished his degree in and went to the University of Berlin to study history,  especially art history, then a new field.
At Berlin, he attended lectures by Leopold von Rankethe founder of history as a respectable academic discipline based on sources and records rather than personal opinions. Inhe returned to Basel to assume the professorship he held until his retirement in He started to teach only Burckhardt renaissance thesis history in Burckhardt is currently featured on the Swiss thousand franc banknote.
Work[ edit ] Burckhardt's historical writings did much to establish the importance of art in the study of history; indeed, he was one of the "founding fathers of art history" but also one of the original creators of cultural history. According to John Lukacshe was the first master of cultural history, which seeks to describe the spirit and the forms of expression of a particular age, a particular people, or a particular place.
His innovative approach to historical research stressed the importance of art and its inestimable value as a primary source for the study of history.
He was one of the first historians to rise above the narrow 19th-century notion that "history is past politics and politics current history.
Burckhardt delivered a series of lectures at the University of Basel, which were published in by Pantheon Books Inc. An Interpretation of History by Jacob Burckhardt. Inhe brought out new editions of Kugler's two great works, Geschichte der Malerei and Kunstgeschichte, and inhe published his own work, Die Zeit Constantins des Grossen "The Age of Constantine the Great ".
He spent the greater part of the years and in Italy, collecting material for his Der Cicerone: For the use of travellers" Translated into English by A. Clough inalso dedicated to Kugler.
The work, "the finest travel guide that has ever been written"  which covered sculpture and architectureand painting, became an indispensable guide to the art traveller in Italy. About half of the original edition was devoted to the art of the Renaissance.
Thus, Burckhardt was naturally led to write the two books for which he is best known, his Die Cultur der Renaissance in Italien "The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy" English translation, by S.
Middlemore, in 2 vols.
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy was the most influential interpretation of the Italian Renaissance in the 19th century and is still widely read. In connection with this work Burckhardt may have been the first historian to use the term " modernity " in a clearly-defined, academic context.
Burckhardt and the German historian Georg Voigt founded the historical study of the Renaissance. In contrast to Voigt, who confined his studies to early Italian humanismBurckhardt dealt with all aspects of Renaissance society.
Burckhardt considered the study of ancient history an intellectual necessity and was a highly respected scholar of Greek civilization.Academy of Social Sciences ASS The United Kingdom Association of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences formed in gave rise to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences incorporated , which became the Academy of Social Sciences on ASS Commission on the Social Sciences Notes .
Jacob Burckhardt’s Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy has achieved its now classic status because of the importance of its theses and its readability as a narrative.
Burckhardt’s argues that the Italian Renaissance was the birth of both modernity and of the individual as we know it.
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Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (May 25, – August 8, ) was a Swiss historian of art and culture and an influential figure in the historiography of both fields.
He is known as one of the major progenitors of cultural history. Sigfried Giedion described Burckhardt's achievement in the following terms: "The great discoverer of the age of the Renaissance, he first showed how a period.