West European Studies | The Renaissance
W405 | 26820 | Field, A
5:30PM-6:45PM MW 3 cr.
Above section carries Culture Studies credit.
Above section meets with HIST-B 353.
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 (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, two hourlies, and a final