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The Story of the Renaissance

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In this comprehensive survey, William Hudson explores the forces responsible for bringing about the Renaissance, which he describes as the West's "transition from the medieval to the modern world.
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Published June 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 1996)
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Michael
I went into this one blind, and was surprised that it was so robustly old-fashioned in its tone and candor. Checking the copyright date cleared things up: 1912. Back when you could still, after a measured acknowledgement that intellectual life didn't end in the Middle Ages, suggest that humanity has experienced some progress since then on most fronts.

Still, the weaknesses of old-school history are apparent in total focus on artistic, literary, and intellectual matters. There's not much about pol
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Ray
If the renaissance is your thing, this book may be of interest, but if you're a causal reader, with a passing interest in the subject, this will be a tough read. There are a few tid-bits of interest, but it's more like a college level lecture on the subject, complicated by usage of terms, language and phrases which may have been more applicable to usage in twentieth-century England.
Mark
It wasn't until I reached the end of this audiobook that I learned it was written in 1912's Great Britain. Ah, that explains the stuffy tone and curiously English skew to the history. Still, it was a useful overview for me.
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William Henry Hudson was an author, naturalist and ornithologist. He was born in the Quilmes Partido in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, where he is considered to belong to the national literature as Guillermo Enrique Hudson, the Spanish version of his name. He spent his youth studying the local flora and fauna and observing both natural and human dramas on what was then a lawless frontier, publi ...more
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