The Renaissance in Europe: A Reader by Keith Whitlock

The Renaissance in Europe: A Reader

EditorKeith Whitlock

Paperback | April 5, 2000

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How important was the Renaissance in the development of Western civilization? To what extent did the Renaissance mediate or challenge tradition and notions of authority? What factors determined the reception of Renaissance culture in particular areas and particular disciplines? This stimulating book is a collection of seminal readings by eminent scholars who explore aspects of the Renaissance from various perspectives, assessing current knowledge and expounding their own views.

The authors address the themes of humanism, structures of authority, and levels of culture among different social orders and between men and women. And they support or query ideas expressed in Jacob Burckhardt’s classic 1860 study of the Renaissance, speculating in particular on what his “discovery of the individual” really meant for the construction of self in the late medieval/early modern context. This collection is an essential reference for any student of the Renaissance.

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Keith Whitlock is staff tutor in arts at the Open University.

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Title:The Renaissance in Europe: A ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300082231

ISBN - 13:9780300082234

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Keith Whitlock assembles the seminal readings of an international group of scholars to introduce and analyse the influence of the Renaissance on the development of Western civilization and the challenges it posed for state, church and other authorities of the time. Exploring themes of humanism, the structure of authoritative hierarchy, disparate levels of culture across gender and social caste, the essays in Renaissance in Europe: A Reader also offers an illuminating appraisal of Jacob Burckhardt’s 1860 study of the individual in the context of this ear.