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Renaissance Humanism: Foundations, Forms, and Legacy
One notable example of the asymmetry between general European and Jewish historiography is their respective treatments of the Renaissance period. At least since the appearance of Jacob Burckhardt's classic study, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, historians have thoroughly discussed the significance of this cultural epoch, often with great intensity and acrimony. Despite their diverging and often contradictory perspectives, few would now argue with Burckhardt's initial assessment that the Renaissance marks a momentous transformation in European civilization in general and in Italian culture in particular. 1
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Ruderman, D.B. (1988). The Italian Renaissance and Jewish Thought. In Rabil, A. (Ed.), Renaissance Humanism: Foundations, Forms, and Legacy, Volume 1: Humanism in Italy, (pp. 382-433). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
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Date Posted: 02 August 2017
At the time of this publication, Dr. Ruderman was affiliated with Yale University, but he is now a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania.