History | The Renaissance
B353 | 2981 | Field

Above section carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section meets with WEUR W405

This lecture course concentrates on the rebirth of literature, 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 (merchantsí
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, a midterm, and a final are required.