Renowned for his 'Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy' and 'Reflections on History', Jacob Burckhardt (1818-97) has been described as "the most civilised historian of the nineteenth century". "Judgments on History and Historians" consists of records collected by Emil Durr from Burckhardt's lecture notes for history courses at the University of Basel from 1865 to 1885. The 149 brief sections span five eras: Antiquity, the Middle Ages, History from 1450 to 1598, the History of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, and the Age of Revolution.
Jacob Burckhardt (1818-1897) has been called 'the most civilised historian of the nineteenth century', and he was certainly one of the greatest historians of art and culture of his time. A Professor at the University of Basel, Burckhardt was especially knowledgeable about the Renaissance.