The Renaissance: The Best One-Hour Historyby Robert Freeman
In the 1400s Europe awoke from a thousand-year slumber, what later writers at the time called a "Dark Age." It rediscovered its genetic roots in classical Greece and Rome. This awakening would be deemed a "rebirth," or in French, a "Renaissance." This book explains how this "rebirth" emerged from the breakdown of the Middle Ages to produce an entirely new vision of man. It discusses exemplars in arts and letters and how their works reflected this new vision. It also considers the new institutions that emerged, institutions that came to define the modern world. Finally, it considers the critical questions of why these events occurred there, at that place, and then, at that time.
The Best One-Hour History series is for those who want a quick but coherent overview of major historical events. It will also serve those who need a competent high-level introduction before going further. Each volume provides a clear and concise account of the episode under discussion. In about an hour, the reader will obtain a well-grounded understanding of why each subject holds iconic status in Western Civilization.
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This was one hour that was well worth my time!! This book on the Renaissance, was jam-packed full of information. I've taught about the Renaissance for many years and thought I knew a good amount of information about it, this book proved how much I didn't know! It starts out by giving an introduction to the Renaissance and how it evolved from the Middle Ages. It covers the most important people of the Renaissance as well as the different forms of media that developed during the time. I enjoyed the book as a lover of history and as a teacher that teaches this time period. Some of the reading might have been a bit much for my 6th graders, but I would definitely love to have a copy of this for my shelf. You can also get books on the Reformation, Scientific Revolution, French Revolution, WWI, and the Vietnam War. They also have many more topics planned including Ancient Rome and Greece, the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the American revolution.