Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe / Edition 2

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In this updated edition of his account, Charles Nauert charts the rise of humanism as the distinctive culture of the social, political, and intellectual elites in Renaissance Europe. He traces humanism's emergence in the unique social and cultural conditions of fourteenth-century Italy and its gradual diffusion throughout the rest of Europe from the late fifteenth century onwards.
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'… lucidly and elegantly written book … a fine example of that time-honored approach to the subject, intellectual and cultural history … [This book] is surely destined to establish itself quickly as the best introduction to the subject of Renaissance humanism. In particular, it will be essential reading for graduate students preparing for their comprehensive examinations and for instructors faced with the task of explaining humanism to their students.' James M. Estes, Sixteenth Century Journal

'One would have thought it impossible to write such a book, but Charles Nauert has done it … this book presents every important aspect of humanist culture, from Petrarch to Montaigne. All this is accomplished with deft authority and with disarming judiciousness … His book supersedes any previous attempt at such a synthesis, and each chapter, with its own bibliography, is a key to the several sub-fields included here … the writing is so clear that absolutely any reader, without any special preparation, can use this book as a first step toward mastering the field.' George Hupper, The Historian

'A student reading Nauert will get a comprehensive, intelligent, and eminently sensible discussion of the topic. [Nauert] effectively conveys the sweep of humanism over three centuries. He is notably excellent in discussing the sixteenth century … in every chapter of the book he convincingly brings out why and how the classical tradition played such an important role in Renaissance humanism.' John Monfasani, International Journal of the Classical Tradition

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521547819
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2006
  • Series: New Approaches to European History Series, #37
  • Edition description: Updated edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 455,460
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles G. Nauert is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His major publications include several essays on pre-Reformation academic and religious controversies and The Age of Renaissance and Reformation (1977).
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Table of Contents

1 The birth of humanist culture 8
2 Humanism becomes dominant 25
3 Humanism and Italian society 60
4 Crossing the Alps 102
5 Triumph and disaster 132
6 Humanism in the late Renaissance 172
7 The end of an age 200
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