The Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michelangelo / Edition 1

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"The Renaissance was a decisive moment in world history. It was a time when East and West encountered each other as cultural and political equals. In this exploration, Jerry Brotton argues that between 1400 and 1600 Europe defined itself by trading and competing with its Islamic, African, and Asian neighbours." The Renaissance Bazaar tells the story of this intense exchange of ideas, objects, and skills that shaped the European Renaissance. It also shows how technological and commercial developments such as printing, banking, and mapmaking were inextricably connected to the great art, literature, science, and discoveries that have come to typify the Renaissance.
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Despite what most of us learned in high school, this scholarly yet accessible book argues that the storied achievements of the Renaissance did not rest solely on the chiseled shoulders of a few Italian men. Instead, posits Brotton, a lecturer at the University of London, the cultivated East had a profound impact on the West during the famously fertile period of 1400-1600. With broad brushstrokes, Brotton applies his thesis to major Renaissance innovations, revealing the Islamic world's contributions to fields as varied as cartography, astronomy, architecture and commerce. Not only did Iberian forays into Southeast Asia and Africa boost Western appetites for "conspicuous consumption" in the forms of spices and frippery, they also heightened Europe's awareness of her own status relative to her wealthy distant neighbors, the Ottoman Empire. Brotton goes north as well, singling out German and Flemish paintings as iconic representations of this East-West exchange. But in his plea for inclusion, he jeopardizes his own coverage: this lean volume suffers from an excess of overview and an absence of focus, which may disappoint, as might his cursory consideration of the regrettable consequences of this meeting of worlds-colonization, and the rise of the slave trade. 25 halftones & 8 color plates (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192802651
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/18/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,378,516
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Brotton is a Lecturer in English at the University of London. He is the author of Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World and Global Interests: Renaissance Art between East and West (with Lisa Jardine).

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of illustrations
Introduction 1
1 A global Renaissance 33
2 The humanist script 62
3 Church and state 92
4 Putting things into perspective 124
5 Brave new worlds 154
6 Experiments, dreams, and performances 184
Timeline 221
Further reading 226
Index 229
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