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Concept and Period

1. The concept of ‘Renaissance’ (in Ital., Rinascimento, ‘Rebirth’) was coined by the historiography of the nineteenth century. Jacob Burckhardt adopted it from the French of Honoré de Balzac, and made it popular through his Die Kultur der Renaissance in Italien (Ger., “The Culture of the Renaissance in Italy”; 1860). The denomination was i…

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Imhof, Agnes, “Renaissance”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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