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The Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michelangelo

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The Renaissance range in changes at a breathtaking pace, changes that shape the world to this day. Now Jerry Brotton deftly captures this remarkable age, in a book that places Europe's great flowering in a revealing global context.
It was Europe's contact with the outside world, Brotton argues, especially with the rich and cultivated East, that made the Renaissance what i
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 30th 2002)
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Lauren Albert
Apr 23, 2013 Lauren Albert rated it liked it
Shelves: history-european
A decent introductory history. But I found myself constantly irritated by the author's tendency to give opinion and interpretation as fact (an assertive tone, for instance). Examples:

"Michelangelo's criticism [of van Eyck] smacks more of Italian cultural nationalism than objective criticism." Note that there is no mention of nationality in the cited passage.

"Vasari's account was a brilliant public relations exercise that validated the status of the artist as professional."

"This [the Arnolfini p
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Eric
Nov 19, 2009 Eric rated it it was ok
This is an egregious case of intellectual bait-and-switch. The author promises a radical reconsideration of the Renaissance in a global perspective that deemphasizes Italy and inserts the Ottoman Empire and point further east into the narrative. What he delivers is a familiar, traditional narrative of the same figures, events, works of art and literature. There are entire chapters in which no mention whatsoever is made of anything non-European, and when he does toss in a Ottoman example, it is u ...more
Yasmin
Aug 26, 2013 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slightly engaging read and short. There is one thing the name Istanbul was not actually used much later in history. The name Constantinople or Kostantiniyye was more widely used by the inhabitants of all faiths until 19th or 20th century. There is actually not as much about the Ottomans, Muslims or about the Silk Road as one would have hoped for.
Jbondandrews
Jul 26, 2013 Jbondandrews rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed reading The Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michelangelo. I was good to see that Muslim scientists acknowledged for contributions made that made the European Renaissance possible and how slavery began to take shape at that time.
Gary Christensen
Jun 29, 2008 Gary Christensen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book IS made from concentrate. It gives the Muslim world its due. After you see Topkapi in Istanbul, Florence feels saccharine. Spain comes off badly, as well. There's a lot of information well put and always engrossing.
Letha
Jun 22, 2012 Letha rated it liked it
Useful explanation of the impact of Eastern science and culture to the genesis of the Italian Renaissance.
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Interesting theory and very nice illustrations.
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