Italy in the Age of the Renaissance: 1300-1550

Italy in the Age of the Renaissance: 1300-1550

by John M. Najemy

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Italy in the Age of the Renaissance: 1300-1550 by John M. Najemy

Italy in the Age of Renaissance offers a new introduction to the most celebrated period of Italian history in twelve essays by leading and innovative scholars. Recent scholarship has enriched our understanding of Renaissance Italy by adding new themes and perspectives that have challenged the traditional picture of a largely secular and elite world of humanists, merchants, patrons, and princes. These new themes encompass both social and cultural history (the family, women, lay religion, the working classes, marginal social groups) as well as new dimensions of political history that highlight the growth of territorial states, the powers and limits of government, the representation of power in art and architecture, the role of the South, and the dialogue between elite and non-elite classes. This thematically organized volume introduces readers to the fruitful interaction between the more traditional topics in Renaissance studies and the new, broader approach to the period that has developed in the last generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780191524844
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 11/04/2004
Series: Short Oxford History of Italy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John M. Najemy is Professor of History at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Introduction, John M. Najemy
1. Education and the Emergence of a Literate Society, Robert Black
2. Humanism and the Lure of Antiquity, Carol Everhart Quillen
3. Religion and the Church, David S. Peterson
4. Family and Marriage: a Socio-Legal Perspective, Julius Kirshner
5. Bodies, Disease, and Society, Diane Owen Hughes
6. The Economy: Work and Wealth, Franco Franceschi
7. The Popolo, Andrea Zorzi
8. The Power of the Elites: Family, Patronage, and the State, Dale Kent
9. Governments and Governance, John M. Najemy
10. The South, David Abulafia
11. Representations of Power, Edward Muir
12. Rethinking the Renaissance in the Aftermath of Italy's Crisis, Alison Brown
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