History | The Renaissance
B353 | 27836 | Field

Above class carries Culture Studies credit
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only
Above class meets with WEUR-W 405

This lecture course concentrates on the rebirth of literature,
history, moral philosophy, and the fine arts in Europe from about
1300 to 1600.  We shall first look at the economic social causes and
context of this rebirth, with the development of Italian cities in
the later Middle Ages.  Next we shall take up the humanist movement
and new theories concerning education, economic activity, ethics,
politics, history, and the fine arts.  Toward the end of the course
we shall turn to the spread of the Renaissance to northern Europe.
The course will focus on weekly reading assignments in primary
sources (merchants’ diaries, humanist works, Machiavelli, and
others).  The course will include a visit to the IU Art Museum and
perhaps the Lilly Library.  Careful reading in primary sources is
emphasized: a map quiz, two short papers, two hourlies, and a final
are required.