History | The Renaissance
B353 | 2652 | Field

TR 1:00P-2:15P BH228

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.