Wolfgang J. Mommsen, "The Neglected (III): Jacob Burckhardt — Defender of Culture and Prophet of Doom,"
Government and Opposition
18.4 (Autumn, 1983) 458-475 (at 459):
Jacob Burckhardť's rather remote way of life, devoted
almost exclusively to scholarly work and to the study of art,
including numerous trips to see art treasures, museums, galleries
and the like in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, was chosen
deliberately. Early in his life Burckhardt had for a few years
acted as political editor of the Basel newspaper; soon afterwards
he decided to leave politics alone: 'For me politics is dead,
whatever I do, I do as a human being'.2 He did not wish to
become entangled in any way whatsoever in day-to-day politics.
2 Cf. Karl Löwith, Jacob Burckhardt. Der Mensch inmitten der Geschichte,
Stuttgart, second ed., 1966, p. 127. Translations by the author.
Hat tip: Marc Addington.