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This volume shows the stages of intellectual development through which humanism emerged as a European phenomenon. In an investigation of humanis culture in Italy between 1260 and 1340 shows how classical Roman rhetorical forms took root in Italy two generations before Petrarch and demonstrates that what earlier interpreters have called pre- or proto-humanism is indeed humanism. In subsequent discussion of Petrarch, Salutati and Bruni the author shows how Petrarch departs from earlier humanism and his reasons for doing so, places Salutati in a far broader frame of reference and the chapter on Bruni offers as complete a solution as we are likely to see of the problems of interpretation created by Baron's thesis regarding civic humanism.
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Ronald G. Witt is currently William B. Hamilton Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University. His most recent book, In the Footsteps of the Ancients: The Origins of Italian Humanism 1250 1420 (2000), received the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize of the American Historical Society (2001); the American Philosophical Society's Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History (2001); and the Renaissance Society of America's Gordon Book Prize (2001). He is also the author of Humanism and Reform, (2001); Hercules at the Crossroads; The Life, Works and Thought of Coluccio Salutati, (1331 1406) (1983); and Coluccio Salutati and His Public Letters (1976); as well as numerous articles.
Ronald G. Witt has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke University, North Carolina.