Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance

Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance

by Lisa Jardine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393318664

ISBN-13: 9780393318661

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Fascinating. . . . A notable achievement. . . . Real history is in the details, the small stories, of which Worldly Goods is a treasure house."—Richard Bernstein, New York Times
In this provocative and wholly absorbing work, Lisa Jardine offers a radical interpretation of the Renaissance, arguing that the creation of culture during that time was

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"Fascinating. . . . A notable achievement. . . . Real history is in the details, the small stories, of which Worldly Goods is a treasure house."—Richard Bernstein, New York Times
In this provocative and wholly absorbing work, Lisa Jardine offers a radical interpretation of the Renaissance, arguing that the creation of culture during that time was inextricably tied to the creation of wealth — that the expansion of commerce spurred the expansion of thought. As Jardine boldly states, "The seeds of our own exuberant multiculturalism and bravura consumerism were planted in the European Renaissance." While Europe's royalty and merchants competed with each other to acquire works of art, vicious commercial battles were being fought over who should control the centers for trade around the globe. Jardine encompasses Renaissance culture from its western borders in Christendom to its eastern reaches in the Islamic Ottoman Empire, bringing this opulent epoch to life in all its material splendor and competitive acquisitiveness. "A savvy, street-smart history of the Renaissance."—Dan Cryer, Newsday "Jardine's lively book is specific and down-to-earth. A particularly fascinating section recalls how books suddenly ceased to be principally collector's items or aids to scholars and became the sixteenth century's Internet, dispensing fact and fancy to high and low."—The New Yorker

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393318661
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Prologue3
1Conditions for Change: Goods in Profusion35
2The Price of Magnificence91
3The Triumph of the Book133
4Learning to Be Civilized181
5New Expertise for Sale229
6A Culture of Commodities275
7Mapping the Heavens331
8Conspicuous Consumption377
Epilogue425
Bibliography437
Index453

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