This classic work marks the culmination of a definite stage in the socio-economic historiography from the late Middle Ages to the rise of the haute bourgeoisie in the early Renaissance. Here Alfred von Martin attempts to discover and define the spirit or essence of the Renaissance, and with it the spirit of early capitalism as it arose in Florence.
His analysis focuses on the capitalist haute bourgeois who represented the economically, politically, and culturally dominant class of the Renaissance. As he shows, eventually its decline brings about a new stasis in the aristocratization of the great bourgeoisie as well as the rise of despotism in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
The shift from an agricultural to a commercial economy was unquestionably one of the essential elements in the transition from medieval to Renaissance civilization. This book's republication is a welcome development and will make this classic accessible again to scholars of the Renaissance and Renaissance humanism. In addition to its new introduction, it also includes a bibliography of von Martin's extensive writings.
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About the Author
Alfred von Martin (1882-1979) was a German sociologist and distinguished cultural historian known for his work on the sociology of the bourgeoisie.
Gertrud Lenzer is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her writings include Auguste Comte and Positivism and Sociology and Religion.
Table of Contents
Under, the Sign of Humanity: Alfred von Martin (1882-1979) In Memorian Introduction to the Transaction Edition Gertrud Lenzer vii
Author's Preface xxxi
1 The New Dynamic 7
a Changes in Social Structure 7
b The New Individualist Entrepreneur 12
c New Modes of Thought 17
d The Birth of Practical Learning and the Expert 25
e New Ways in Art 30
f Functions of Erudition and Learning 33
g The Propertied Classes and the Intelligentsia 39
2 The Curve of Development 59
a Risk and the Spirit of Enterprise 59
b The Culture of the New Ruling Classes; the New Static and Bourgeois Conservatism 62
c Humanism; Romanticism and Restoration 66
d The Art of the Full Renaissance 77
e The Decadence of the Bourgeoisie and the Call for Dictatorship 80
f The Courts 87
3 Renaissance Society and the Church 97
a The Alliance of the Church with the New Powers 98
b The Adjustment of Economic Ethics 104
c Bourgeois Conservatism and Ecclesiastical Traditionalism 112
Bibliography Gertrud Lenzer 119