History | B353 2751 The Renaissance 2:30-3:45 TR BH347 Field
B353 | 2751 | Field A
A portion of the above section reserved for majors.
Above section carries culture studies credit.
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 and 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
to the Lilly Library. Careful reading in primary sources is emphasized; a
map quiz, two short papers, two hourlies, and a final are required.