Italian Renaissance And Its Influence On Western Civilization / Edition 2

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This book is an enlarged and improved version of the previous edition. It offers a unique and comprehensive approach to Renaissance Studies, presenting the many themes and intellectual advances in an organized and thought-provoking way. Contents: Introduction; Structure of the Book; Renaissance Themes; Renaissance City Centers; Outstanding Individuals; Concluding Thoughts.

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Editorial Reviews

John Ayres
For the purpose it was designed to serve, this work is certainly the ideal study. Dr. Haynes' writing is characterized by exceptional scholarship, dedication to and enthusiasm for her subject and a style that is most enjoyable. Spontaneous excitement, continental wit and charm, creativity and integrity —these are all qualities we have come to associate with her numerous endeavors.
Cecile Lindsay
The appealing format, clear organization, and accessible structure make this text appropriate for undergraduate students of Renaissance history, culture, and society. I could envision such a text providing general background on the French Renaissance and, more widely, on European Modernity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819192042
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/24/1993
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria S. Haynes is Professor of Modern Languages at California State University, Chico.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Structure of the Book
1 The Renaissance Controversy 3
2 The North African and Etruscan Roots 11
3 The Awakening to Italy's Roman Heritage 19
4 The "Carpe Diem" Concept - "Seize the Day" 27
5 Renaissance vs. Medieval Educational Principles 37
6 Origins of the Renaissance Concepts of Love 43
7 The Artistic Alliance of Renaissance Society 57
8 The Privileged "Bastard Class" of the Renaissance 67
9 The Monarchical Power of the Renaissance Popes 75
10 Florence: The "Cradle" of the Italian Renaissance 93
11 Ferrara: A Proud Oceanliner Destroyed by Rome 109
12 Mantua: The Triumphs of a Renaissance Woman 125
13 Urbino: A School for Renaissance Gentlemen 135
14 Milano: A Royal Tempest with its Fears, Splendor and Tragedy 141
15 Venice: The Daughter of Byzantium 149
16 Rome: A Renaissance Game of Chess 175
17 Naples: A Champion of Renaissance Values 189
18 The Eternal Medici 205
19 The Arch-Enemy of the Renaissance - The Crisis of Savonarola 221
20 "Does the End Justify the Means?" - Machiavelli's Motto 231
21 A Dream City and Mona Lisa - Leonardo's Vision 239
22 Three Rings Intertwined - Michelangelo's Signature 251
23 Martin Luther's Revolutionary Response - Pope Leo X's "Holy Business" 269
24 Our Collective Inheritance 279
25 The Spiritual Challenge of the Renaissance 291
List of Illustrations 295
Bibliography 297
Acknowledgments 303
Index 307
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