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Wallace K. Ferguson
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The Renaissance In Historical Thought

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For centuries, the idea of a Renaissance at the end of the Middle Ages has been an active agent in shaping conceptions of the development of Western European civilization. Though the idea has enjoyed so long a life, conceptions of the nature of the Renaissance, of its sources, its extent, and its essential spirit have varied from generation to generation. Confined at first

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Hardcover, 429 pages
Published December 31st 1981 by AMS Press
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Victoria
This book legitimately makes me wish for death.

Extremely dated overview of the history of Renaissance historiography, but nonetheless a fairly good synthesis of all the crap histories that no one ever wants to read but ought to know about anyway. Still somewhat thrown by his apparently positive view of Chamberlain's introduction of racial theory to the study of Renaissance history, which is icky in the extreme. Also strongly disagree with his lauding of Jacob Burckhardt, but that is to be expect...more
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