Italian Renaissance in Its Historical Background

ISBN-10: 0521291046

ISBN-13: 9780521291040

Edition: 2nd 1977 (Revised)

Authors: Denys Hay
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Description: Professor Hay provides a clear picture of what the Renaissance was, what it meant and how it spread. He shows the Renaissance as a growing and changing series of attitudes and ideas, rooted firmly in the general history of the period, and not as a static and isolated phenomenon. Most current ideas of the Italian Renaissance are derived from Burckhardt's Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, published in 1860. Professor Hay provides a completely fresh appraisal which goes back to the basic texts, to the great monuments of art and architecture, to the men - Boccaccio, Petrarch and the others - and their achievements: the essence of which historical movements are made. He has taken note of recent Italian scholarship and provides a fresh and readable account of one of the great epochs in European history. There is no other book in English, except the translation of Burckhardt, which embraces the political history of the Renaissance period as well as the history of art and ideas. The book will appeal to the general reader as well as to students of history and art. In this second edition, which has been revised and brought up to date by the author, a more ample treatment of the 'reception' of the Renaissance in England is given in the concluding chapter.

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/21/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
The Renaissance as a Period in European History
The Problems of Italian History
Politics and Culture in Fourteenth-Century Italy
The Nature of Renaissance Values in the Fifteenth Century
The Reception of the Renaissance in Italy
The Reception of the Renaissance in the North
References
Index
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