History | The Renaissance
B353 | 16878 | 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

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.