The Renaissance

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What are the defining characteristics of the sprawling era known as the Middle Ages? What sets ancient Egypt apart from other ancient civilizations? And what is the legacy of the twentieth-century genocide known as the Holocaust? These are some of the ideas explored in Understanding World History, a series that surveys the political, social, and cultural trends of major periods and events in world history. Primary and secondary source quotes bring historical events to life. Source notes, a bibliography for ...

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Overview

What are the defining characteristics of the sprawling era known as the Middle Ages? What sets ancient Egypt apart from other ancient civilizations? And what is the legacy of the twentieth-century genocide known as the Holocaust? These are some of the ideas explored in Understanding World History, a series that surveys the political, social, and cultural trends of major periods and events in world history. Primary and secondary source quotes bring historical events to life. Source notes, a bibliography for further research, and index provide additional tools for student researchers.

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Gr 7–10—These well-researched volumes deliver chronological overviews and include full-color art reproductions, photos, and maps. In The Black Death, readers learn the surprising benefits of depopulation and how technology, medicine, and even religion changed as a result of this tragic epidemic. Just one quibble: while it briefly covers the beginnings of the plague in Asia and the many people killed there, the bulk of the book is about the impact of the disease on Europe. For a title in a series on world history, one would hope for more balance. The second book opens with an excellent overview of the circumstances that came together to inspire a Renaissance. Each volume includes an introduction to the topic, an evaluation of the conditions leading up to the event, several chapters on the event itself divided by topic, a final chapter discussing the legacy, source notes, and short biographies of important people. Of note are the "Legacy" chapters, which help readers see the enormous impact that history has on the way we live today. There is nothing flashy in these volumes, just good, solid writing; quality illustrations; and well-organized information.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601521897
  • Publisher: ReferencePoint Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Understanding World History Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Important Events of the Renaissance 8

Introduction: The Denning Characteristics of the Renaissance 10

Chapter 1 What Conditions Led to the Renaissance? 14

Chapter 2 Trade and the Renaissance 27

Chapter 3 Learning, Science, and Humanism 41

Chapter 4 Art and the Renaissance 54

Chapter 5 What Is the Legacy of the Renaissance? 68

Source Notes 80

Important People of the Renaissance 84

For Further Research 86

Index 88

Picture Credits 95

About the Author 96

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