A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance / Edition 1

A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance / Edition 1

by Guido Ruggiero
     
 

The idea of the Renaissance as a period of European cultural triumph in which great men flourished has been largely demolished in the last fifty years. This provocative volume brings together some of the most exciting scholars who led this attack, to suggest different ways of thinking about the Renaissance and set new agendas for research.

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Overview

The idea of the Renaissance as a period of European cultural triumph in which great men flourished has been largely demolished in the last fifty years. This provocative volume brings together some of the most exciting scholars who led this attack, to suggest different ways of thinking about the Renaissance and set new agendas for research.

The contributions focus on three major themes: transformative encounters between cultures, ancient and new, high and low, within Europe and beyond; fascination with all things Italian; and social realignment. In examining these themes, the contributors look at the Renaissance from a world perspective, illuminating the negative as well as the positive, and integrating considerations of gender, sex, violence, and non-elite culture. The vision of the Renaissance that emerges is one defined by a wide range of social, political, economic, and cultural developments rather than by the actions of a small cultural elite.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405157834
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/17/2006
Series:
Blackwell Companions to European History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
574
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Guido Ruggiero is Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Miami. His previous publications include Binding Passions: Tales of Magic Marriage and Power at the End of the Renaissance (1993), The Boundaries of Eros: Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice (1985), and Violence in Early Renaissance Venice (1980). He has also edited two series of books: Studies in the History of Sexuality and Selections from Quaderni Storici.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Renaissance Dreaming: In Search of a Paradigm1
Pt. IThe Course of Renaissance Events21
1The Italian Renaissance23
2The European Renaissance39
3The Renaissance and the Middle East55
4The Renaissance World from the West70
5The Historical Geography of the Renaissance88
Pt. IIThe Worlds and Ways of Power105
6Governments and Bureaucracies107
7Honor, Law, and Custom in Renaissance Europe124
8Violence and its Control in the Late Renaissance: An Italian Model139
9Manners, Courts, and Civility156
10Family and Clan in the Renaissance World173
11Gender188
12The Myth of Renaissance Individualism208
Pt. IIISocial and Economic Worlds225
13Social Hierarchies: The Upper Classes227
14Social Hierarchies: The Lower Classes243
15Tools for the Development of the European Economy259
16Economic Encounters and the First Stages of a World Economy279
Pt. IVCultural Worlds297
17The Subcultures of the Renaissance World299
18High Culture316
19Religious Cultures333
20Art349
21Literature366
22Political Ideas384
23The Scientific Renaissance403
Pt. VAnti-Worlds425
24Plague, Disease, and Hunger427
25Renaissance Bogeymen: The Necessary Monsters of the Age444
26Violence and Warfare in the Renaissance World460
27Witchcraft and Magic475
28The Illieit Worlds of the Renaissance491
Consolidated Bibliography506
Index543

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