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This course treats the history of the European Renaissance and Reformation and the political and cultural history of Europe in the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. Lectures, readings, discussions, and a term paper will introduce students to the leading figures, events, and ideas of the period as well as to methods of historical investigation.
Students must fulfill the following requirements: five short essays about the readings (10 points each) and midterm and final examinations (50 points each). Grading: of a total of 150 possible points, 135-150 = A, 120-134 = B, 105-119 = C, 90-104 = D. A student who expects to miss more than two meetings should consult the instructor before the third day of class.
ELECTRONIC-DEVICE-FREE CLASSROOM. Turn off and stow your electronic devices before the class begins. Students should attend all meetings, read all assignments, and participate actively in discussions. A student who expects to miss more than three meetings should confer with the instructor before the end of the second week. The instructor may drop students who cannot meet these requirements.
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Students must have the following books, which are available at the bookstore or from your preferred vendor, by sale or rental. NB: Be sure to secure the specified editions except as noted.
Jonathan W Zophy, A Short History of Renaissance and Reformation Europe:
Dances over Fire and Water. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:
Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2009. 0136056288
You may use the third edition of this book (0130977640), much more cheaply available in used copies.
Johan Huizinga. The Autumn of the Middle Ages. Trans Rodney J Payton and Ulrich Mammitzsch. Chicago: Univ of Chicago Press, 1997. 0226359948
Pico della Mirandola. On the Dignity of Man, On Being and the One, Heptaplus. Trans Douglas Carmichael. Cambridge: Hackett, 1998. 0872203964
Machiavelli. The Prince. Trans Daniel Donno. New York: Bantam Books, 1966. 0553212788
Erasmus and Luther. Discourse on Free Will. Trans Ernst F Winter. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. 1780938233
Natalie Zemon Davis. The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard Univ Press, 1984. 0674766911
Recommended: Kate L Turabian. A Manual for Writers. 8th ed. Chicago: Univ of Chicago Press, 2013. 0226816389
Write essays four to five pages long about each of the following readings. Keep the following issues in mind as you read, then compose essays that respond in general terms to the questions. The essays will constitute the starting point for in-class discussion. Each essay must include proper parenthetical citation (author, page number) for each instance of an idea referred to or passage quoted. Quote sparingly or not at all. Include a proper bibliographic citation at the end of your paper. For all matters of style follow Turabian, Manual for Writers and the history department writing guide. Students who want full credit must submit these essays in class on the assigned days.
|22 Aug||Introduction: What
are the Renaissance and Reformation? (Zophy ch 1)
|24 Aug||Chronology and Sources|
|29 Aug||The Medieval Background (Zophy chs 2-3)|
|31 Aug||Disc: Huizinga, Autumn of the Middle Ages
|5 Sept||Political History of Renaissance Europe (Zophy chs 4, 8)|
|7 Sept||Renaissance Humanism of the South (Zophy ch 5)
|12 Sept||Disc: Pico della Mirandola, On the Dignity of Man|
|14 Sept||The Northern Renaissance (Zophy ch 9)
|19 Sept||Renaissance Political Thought|
|21 Sept||Disc: Machiavelli, The Prince
|26 Sept||The City Republic and the Ideal of Liberty|
|28 Sept||The Age of Exploration and Discovery
Renaissance Art (Zophy chs 6-7)
|5 Oct|| Renaissance Architecture
Slides: Renaissance Architecture and Art
|10 Oct||MIDTERM EXAMINATION|
|12 Oct||Historiography of the Reformation|
|17 Oct||Ecclesiastical Corruption and Late Medieval Reforms
|19 Oct||Luther’s Discovery of Solfidianism (Zophy ch 10)|
|24 Oct||The Monk, the Prince, the Emperor, and the Pope (Zophy ch 11)
|26 Oct||Discussion: Erasmus and Luther, Discourse on Free Will|
|31 Oct||Zwingli and Anabaptism (Zophy ch 12)
|2 Nov||Calvin (Zophy ch 13)|
|7 Nov||The Reformation in France and England (Zophy chs 14-15)
|9 Nov||Reformation Political Thought
|14 Nov||The Catholic Reformation (Zophy ch 16)
|16 Nov||The Religious Wars (Zophy, ch 17)
|21 Nov||Disc: Return of Martin Guerre|
|23 Nov||No class: Thanksgiving Break|
|28 Nov||Advances in Science and Technology (Zophy ch 18)
|30 Nov||Baroque Art and Architecture|
|5 Nov||Catchup and Review|
|Monday 11 Dec||
12:30 - 2:30 pm: FINAL EXAMINATION