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Burckhardt, Jacob
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(May 25, 1818, Basel – Aug 8, 1897, Basel). In 1837, he commenced his studies in theology in Basel. During W.M.L. de Wette's lectures he developed fundamental doubts concerning the support of biblical beliefs in revelation and he discontinued his studies. From 1839 to 1843, he studied history and art history under, among others, L. Ranke and J.G. Droysen in Berlin. In 1855, Die Zeit Constantins des Großen appeared, followed by Der Cicerone in 1855. From 1858 to 1885, Burckhardt taught history, and from 1882 to 1893 art history, in Basel. His last publ…

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Berner, Hans, “Burckhardt, Jacob”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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