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The Fifteenth Century: The Prospect of Europe (Library of World Civilization)

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The theme of this absorbing study of the fifteenth century is the emergence of Europe as an entity. It was a period of discovery and questioning: a watershed in European history which is all too often glossed over with the catchword 'Renaissance'. Here the Renaissance is seen as part of a larger context—religious, social, cultural and economic. The great events of the cent ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published 1979 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1968)
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Like all the volumes in the Library of European Civilisation series this book is richly illustrated (although the relation of the illustrations sometimes seems tangential to the text) and is printed in a pleasantly easy to read font.

The thesis of the book is that the developments during the fifteenth century lead to the formation of what we think of as Europe as opposed to Christendom and that this is a world that feels more familiar and modern to us.

The weight of this argument is carried by th
This is the second book I've read from the Library of World Civilization series, which seems to be pretty good in all. The books come with a large number of illustrations well placed with the text they're illustrating. However, these are older books and the layout can be cramped.

The thesis of this one is that at the beginning of the 15th Century, western culture can be seen as "Christendom", but by the end of the century, there is a move towards a European (instead of religious) community.

John E
Originally part of the History of European Civilization Library and like the other books in the series a short, dense, and nicely illustrated history. Centers on the idea that it was in the 15th century that the concept of "Europe" begins to be the identifier for the region over the concept of "Christian".
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