Sixteenth Century Europe: Expansion And Conflict

Paperback | September 15, 1993

byRichard MacKenney

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Few periods of a hundred years have held the imagination as much as the period 1500-1600. At least four great themes - Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Expansion - vie for dominance. The decisive cultural theme of the fifteenth century - classical revival in Italy - had spread and diversified, the social structures of the Ancien Regime were yet to solidify. This study examines the symptons of expansion - population growth, adventure overseas, new voyages of the imagination - and the areas of conflict - the world and the spirit, the public and private spheres, elite and popular cultures - and argues that spiritual quest and intellectual curiosity had the same cultural roots.

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Few periods of a hundred years have held the imagination as much as the period 1500-1600. At least four great themes - Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Expansion - vie for dominance. The decisive cultural theme of the fifteenth century - classical revival in Italy - had spread and diversified, the social structures of ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:425 pages, 9.08 × 4.98 × 0.93 inPublished:September 15, 1993Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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ISBN - 10:0312067399

ISBN - 13:9780312067397

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Shape of the Century: Expansion and Conflict - PART 1 THE WORLD - The Power of Lords - The Symptoms of Expansion - The Shaping of Statehood - Cities and Citizens - PART 2 THE WORD - New Dimensions - The Dissolution of Monasticism - How the Word Spread - How the Image Triumphed - PART 3 THE SWORD - Victims - Habsburg and Valois - Christians and Turks - Protestants and Catholics - CONCLUSION - Fin de siecle - Major European Rulers of the Sixteenth Century - Some Chronological Landmarks - Abbreviations - Notes - Bibliography

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'...an impressively comprehensive survey...Fast-moving, stylish, and witty...an enjoyable book.' - Mary Laven, International History Review