This is a translation, based on a 1942 edition, of the Historical Fragments which formed Burckhardt's lecture notes for the...

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JUDGMENTS ON HISTORY AND HISTORIANS

This is a translation, based on a 1942 edition, of the Historical Fragments which formed Burckhardt's lecture notes for the period 1865-1885. A major Swiss scholar of the 19th century, a precursor of the cyclical theory of history, a student of Ranke, teacher of Nietzche, Burckhardt, conservative, pessimistic, viewed civilization as a delicate thing which only an educated ruling class could protect from the despotism of the masses, their materialism, their susceptibility to demagoguery. The subject of these notes is ""the old culture of Europe"", ranging from antiquity, through the Middle Ages, Reformation, Renaissance, 17th and 18th centuries, to the Age of Revolution, concluding with Napoleon's Russian campaign. The notes are of varying length; some are simply . For the student and the general reader interested in history.

Pub Date: July 9, 1958

ISBN: 0415412935

Page Count: -

Publisher: Beacon

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1958