Italy in the Age of the Renaissance: 1300-1550

Paperback | November 17, 2004

EditorJohn M. Najemy

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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 thetraditional 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 thathighlight 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 betweenthe more traditional topics in Renaissance studies and the new, broader approach to the period that has developed in the last generation.

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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 thetraditional picture of a largely secular an...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.78 inPublished:November 17, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

John M. Najemy: Introduction1. Robert Black: Education and the Emergence of a Literate Society2. Carol Everhart Quillen: Humanism and the Lure of Antiquity3. David S. Peterson: Religion and the Church4. Julius Kirshner: Family and Marriage: a Socio-Legal Perspective5. Diane Owen Hughes: Bodies, Disease, and Society6. Franco Franceschi: The Economy: Work and Wealth7. Andrea Zorzi: The Popolo8. Dale Kent: The Power of the Elites: Family, Patronage, and the State9. John M. Najemy: Governments and Governance10. David Abulafia: The South11. Edward Muir: Representations of Power12. Alison Brown: Rethinking the Renaissance in the Aftermath of Italy's CrisisFurther ReadingChronology