Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance / Edition 1

Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance / Edition 1

by Guido Ruggiero
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Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance / Edition 1

The idea of the Renaissance as a period of European cultural triumph in which great men flourished has been largely demolished in the last fifty years. This provocative volume brings together some of the most exciting scholars who led this attack, to suggest different ways of thinking about the Renaissance and set new agendas for research. The contributions focus on three major themes: transformative encounters between cultures, ancient and new, high and low, within Europe and beyond; fascination with all things Italian; and social realignment. In examining these themes, the contributors look at the Renaissance from a world perspective, illuminating the negative as well as the positive, and integrating considerations of gender, sex, violence, and non-elite culture. The vision of the Renaissance that emerges is one defined by a wide range of social, political, economic, and cultural developments rather than by the actions of a small cultural elite.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901405157833
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/17/2006
Series: Blackwell Companions to European History Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 574
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Guido Ruggiero is Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Miami. His previous publications include Binding Passions: Tales of Magic Marriage and Power at the End of the Renaissance (1993), The Boundaries of Eros: Sex Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice (1985), and Violence in Early Renaissance Venice (1980). He has also edited two series of books: Studies in the History of Sexuality and Selections from Quaderni Storici.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     viii
Introduction: Renaissance Dreaming: In Search of a Paradigm   Guido Ruggiero     1
The Course of Renaissance Events     21
The Italian Renaissance   Gene Brucker     23
The European Renaissance   Randolph Starn     39
The Renaissance and the Middle East   Linda. T. Darling     55
The Renaissance World from the West   Matthew Restall     70
The Historical Geography of the Renaissance   Peter Burke     88
The Worlds and Ways of Power     105
Governments and Bureaucracies   Edward Muir     107
Honor, Law, and Custom in Renaissance Europe   James R. Farr     124
Violence and its Control in the Late Renaissance: An Italian Model   Gregory Hanlon     139
Manners, Courts, and Civility   Robert Muchembled     156
Family and Clan in the Renaissance World   Joanne M. Ferraro     173
Gender   Elissa B. Weaver     188
The Myth of Renaissance Individualism   John Jeffries Martin     208
Social and Economic Worlds     225
Social Hierarchies: The Upper Classes   Matthew Vester     227
Social Hierarchies: The Lower Classes   James S. Amelang     243
Tools for the Development of the European Economy   Karl Appuhn     259
Economic Encounters and the First Stages of a World Economy   John A. Marino     279
Cultural Worlds     297
The Subcultures of the Renaissance World   David C. Gentilcore     299
High Culture   Ingrid D. Rowland     316
Religious Cultures   R. Po-chia Hsia     333
Art   Loren Partridge     349
Literature   James Grantham Turner     366
Political Ideas   John M. Najemy     384
The Scientific Renaissance   William Eamon     403
Anti-Worlds     425
Plague, Disease, and Hunger   Mary Lindemann     427
Renaissance Bogeymen: The Necessary Monsters of the Age   Linda Woodbridge     444
Violence and Warfare in the Renaissance World   Thomas F. Arnold     460
Witchcraft and Magic   Guido Ruggiero     475
The Illicit Worlds of the Renaissance   Ian Frederick Moulton     491
Consolidated Bibliography     506
Index     543

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"This volume would be a useful tool in an academic library providing students of the period with a valuable source of both traditional and new thought on the Renaissance world. The essays are involved and need to be considered in some detail to fully appreciate the scholarly thought. Perhaps most useful as a stepping-stone to further study, it is an excellent volume that deserves shelf space in all non-specialist academic libraries and libraries that serve history lovers." Louise Ellis-Barrett, Assistant Librarian, Dulwich College, London

"This companion sets new agendas for research and explores some refreshing ways of thinking about the Renaissance. Contributors include scholars from many disciplines. Recommended for scholars, researchers, upper-division under-graduates and graduates students" Choice

"This most impressive volume deserves considerable praise. The editor, in his helpful and wide-ranging introduction, ensures a fascinating and valuable volume." Journal of European Studies

"This Companion (with notes, and a rich composite bibliography) is strongest on social history and literature, as well as for historical insights and literary merits" History Today

"The articles are not simply factual summaries: they all have their own arguments, and many of them suggest places where the present state of knowledge is inadequate, so that the book is rich in suggestions for further research.... Ruggiero asks his readers to "applaud if you have enjoyed our performance"; yes, it is greatly enjoyable." John Considine, University of Alberta

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