On History by Eric J. Hobsbawm

By Eric J. Hobsbawm

Few historians have performed extra to alter the way in which we see the earlier than Eric Hobsbawm. From his early books at the commercial Revolution and eu empires, to his fantastic learn of the "short 20th century," The Age of Extremes, Hobsbawm has turn out to be referred to as one of many most interesting practitioners of his craft. to be had now for the 1st time in a cheap paperback version, On heritage brings jointly his most crucial essays at the learn and perform of historical past. starting from early concerns of "history from below" and the "progress" of historical past, to contemporary debate at the relevance of learning the prior, On heritage is a vital paintings from certainly one of our preeminent thinkers.

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Muecke gives some attention to the relationship between Biondo’s and Rosinus’ works. ’ The account of the burial practices was utilized by Poliziano and subsequent authors. However, the most successful of Biondo’s descriptions was that of the Bacchanalia, which survived up to the eighteenth century. Bacchus was the most controversial of the pagan gods, whose libidinous behavior was highly repelling to the religious sects of Europe. Biondo’s ‘trinitarian’ interpretation of an oath sworn by the Roman god Dius Fidius was appropriated to explain the ‘Fidei Simulacrum,’ an Augustan-era funeral shrine, where a husband and wife clasp hands in front of a child.

Indeed, by reconstructing the dark age of an entire millennium and by conveying an historical discourse that evolves from the general to the particular, that is to say from late antiquity to late Middle Ages, the Decades set the stage for the Italia illustrata. Thus the theme of Italian identity, central to the ideology of the Italia Illustrata, is complementary to that of the Middle Ages formulated in the Decades. Consequently the notion of a medieval age prevalent in the Decades is at the base of Biondo’s 32 ANGELO MAZZOCCO view of the origin and development of a modern Italian civilization in the fifteenth century.

I barbari romanizzati però, quando si trasferiscono a Roma da regioni sottomesse all’impero, contaminano con barbarismi e solecismi la correttezza del latino parlato nell’Urbe. La corruzione del latino è pertanto, per Isidoro, il risultato stesso dell’espansionismo romano. Se affrontiamo la questione alla luce di queste osservazioni, ci accorgiamo immediatamente che il concetto espresso da Biondo è notevolmente diverso da quello formulato da Isidoro. Per il nostro umanista il mutamento linguistico non sarebbe avvenuto a seguito della conquista romana dei territori barbarici, ma a causa della conquista barbarica di Roma.

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