The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

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More than ever before, the Renaissance stands out as one of the defining moments in world history. Between 1400 and 1600, European perceptions of society, culture, politics and even humanity itself emerged in ways that continue to affect not only Europe but the entire world.
In this wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance, Jerry Brotton shows the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement, cultural experimentation, and interaction on a global scale, ...
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Overview


More than ever before, the Renaissance stands out as one of the defining moments in world history. Between 1400 and 1600, European perceptions of society, culture, politics and even humanity itself emerged in ways that continue to affect not only Europe but the entire world.
In this wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance, Jerry Brotton shows the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement, cultural experimentation, and interaction on a global scale, alongside a darker side of religion, intolerance, slavery, and massive inequality of wealth and status. Brotton skillfully guides us through the key issues that defined the Renaissance period, from its art, architecture, and literature, to advancements in the fields of science, trade, and travel. In its incisive account of the complexities of the political and religious upheavals of the period, the book argues that there are significant parallels between the Renaissance and our own era. This is the first clear and concise account of the Renaissance as a global phenomenon, an important new vision of the Renaissance for the 21st century written by a young Renaissance scholar of a new generation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192801630
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 268,337
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jerry Brotton is a Lecturer in English at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction 1
1 A global Renaissance 19
2 The humanist script 38
3 Church and state 58
4 Brave new worlds 79
5 Science and philosophy 98
6 Rewriting the Renaissance 116
Timeline 129
Further reading 133
Index 137
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