Google full text of our books:


The Italian Renaissance:
Culture and Society in Italy
Third edition
Peter Burke
With a new preface by the author
Third Edition

Paperback | 2014 | $29.95 | ($20.97) / £19.95 | (£13.97) | ISBN: 9780691162409
336 pp. | 6 x 9
Add to Shopping Cart

Reviews | Table of Contents
Introduction[PDF] pdf-icon

In this brilliant and widely acclaimed work, Peter Burke presents a social and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance. He discusses the social and political institutions that existed in Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and he analyses the ways of thinking and seeing that characterized this period of extraordinary artistic creativity.

Developing a distinctive sociological approach, Peter Burke is concerned not only with the finished works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and others, but also with the social background, patterns of recruitment, and means of subsistence of this 'cultural elite.' He thus makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Italian Renaissance, and to our comprehension of the complex relations between culture and society.

Burke has thoroughly revised and updated the text for this new edition, including a new introduction, and the book is richly illustrated throughout. It will have a wide appeal among historians, sociologists, and anyone interested in one of the most creative periods of European history.

Peter Burke is professor emeritus of cultural history at the University of Cambridge and fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His previous books include Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe, Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Italy, History and Social Theory, A Social History of Knowledge, and Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe (2004).


"A superb introduction to Renaissance culture and society."--Renaissance Quarterly

"A fascinating tour de force."--American Historical Review

"Burke handles both breadth and depth of a most creative and complex period with balance, sensibility, and solid supportive arguments.... This is an indispensable study for historians, sociologists, and anyone interested in one of the most remarkable periods of European history."--Choice

"[This book's] fundamental concern with exploring in a rigorous fashion how cultural change and--to admit one's bias--achievement is related to the economic, social, and political structure of an age remains a vital interest."--Joachim W. Stieber, The Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by Peter Burke:

Subject Areas:

Paperback: For sale only in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, and the Philippines

For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

 Paperback $29.95 | ($20.97) ISBN: 9780691162409

Add to shopping cart
View contents of your shopping cart

Prices subject to change without notice

File created: 9/19/2015

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

fall saleFall Book Sale
New Book E-mails
New In Print
PUP Blog
Princeton APPS
Sample Chapters
Princeton Legacy Library
Exam/Desk Copy
Recent Awards
Princeton Shorts
Freshman Reading
PUP Europe
About Us
Contact Us
PUP Home

Bookmark and Share
Send me emails
about new books in:
European History
More Choices