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Culture and Society in Renaissance Italy

HIST 246
Spring 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: MDST 246, COL 247
Course Cluster: Urban Studies

Renaissance Italy was the birthplace of artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo, of writers like Petrarch, political thinkers like Machiavelli, and international bankers like the Medici. This extraordinary development occurred in a brief time period and in cities barely larger than Middletown. How and why did this happen? What were its consequences? This course examines the extraordinary transformation that took place in the culture and society of Renaissance Italy from the 14th through the 16th centuries. What were its roots, essential features, and importance for the history of Europe and beyond? The course will pay particular attention to the connections between social, economic, and political structures to art, literature, and the history of ideas.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation
Students will be encouraged to develop their own interpretations of controversial topics based on their readings, discussions, and individual reflections: Was the Renaissance medieval or modern? Was there a Renaissance for women? Is Machiavellian political thought evil? Is Renaissance art the product of individual genius or of social structures?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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