The Renaissance and the Reformation

History C157

Fall 2018
126 Barrows
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Tue/Thu 12:30–2pm
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Covering the period from roughly 1350 to 1650, this course focuses on one of the most transformative and dynamic periods in the history of Europe and in the making of modernity. Beginning in fourteenth century Italy in the midst of crisis and the Black Death, we will study the dramatic “rebirth” of painting, architecture, poetry, political thought, and learning that first emerged in the cities of Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples and its subsequent spread across Europe. In turn, we will look at the intellectual and religious movements that arose within and in response to this Renaissance, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. Political, social, and economic developments during this transitional period will be examined in conjunction with the major texts, art, and intellectual figures of these movements.