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Jacob Burckhardt's: The Italian Renaissance please explain? Watch

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    This may sound so ridiculous, I've been reading about the Italian Renaissance and I can grapple with most books. All books I've read say they are thoroughly indebted to Burckhardt's 'seminal' study, The Italian Renaissance.

    I can appreciate he provided the first comprehensive study into the period as a 'period' but I didn't find it enjoyable. Why does everyone say it's so great? As a history book I think it's rather confused, disjointed, lacks coherent narrative and analysis. Am I missing something?

    This has gone a bit far, there were many things I enjoyed, but I feel like I might be forcing myself to enjoy them because I know this is such an important book. All in all I found it quite hard to read.

    Could some one explain what I'm missing?
 
 
 
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