Jacob Burckhardt

1818 - 1897

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Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (25 May 1818 – 8 August 1897) was a Swiss historian of art and culture and an influential figure in the historiography of both fields. He is known as one of the major progenitors of cultural history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacob Burckhardt has received more than 476,244 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Jacob Burckhardt is the 32nd most popular historian (down from 25th in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 26th in 2019) and the most popular Swiss Historian.

Jacob Burckhardt is most famous for his work, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy.

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Among historians, Jacob Burckhardt ranks 32 out of 561Before him are Johan Huizinga, Saxo Grammaticus, Marc Bloch, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, Hippolyte Taine, and Bede. After him are Edward Gibbon, Ibn Ishaq, Quintus Curtius Rufus, Eric Hobsbawm, Jacques Le Goff, and Adam of Bremen.

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Among people born in 1818, Jacob Burckhardt ranks 9Before him are Emily Brontë, Alexander II of Russia, Ignaz Semmelweis, Ivan Turgenev, Christian IX of Denmark, and Charles Gounod. After him are Lewis H. Morgan, Marius Petipa, Rudolf von Jhering, Adolf Anderssen, Sophie of Württemberg, and Charles III, Prince of Monaco. Among people deceased in 1897, Jacob Burckhardt ranks 5Before him are Johannes Brahms, Thérèse of Lisieux, Alphonse Daudet, and Karl Weierstrass. After him are Edward Drinker Cope, Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Savitribai Phule, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, Albert Marth, James Joseph Sylvester, and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Jacob Burckhardt ranks 28 out of 1,015Before him are Carl Spitteler (1845), Élie Ducommun (1833), Bruno Ganz (1941), Arnold Böcklin (1827), Conrad Gessner (1516), and Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921). After him are Erich von Däniken (1935), Jacques Necker (1732), Joan Gamper (1877), Heinrich Rohrer (1933), Carlo Maderno (1556), and Hermann Rorschach (1884).

Among HISTORIANS In Switzerland

Among historians born in Switzerland, Jacob Burckhardt ranks 1After him are Heinrich Wölfflin (1864), Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815), and Florian Cajori (1859).