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Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance
by J.R. Hale
Exploring every aspect of art, philosophy, politics, life and culture between 1450 and 1620, this enthralling panorama examines one of the most fascinating and exciting periods in European history. A rich, dense book which combines inspiring generalizations with idiosyncratic detail.--The Spectator. Photos.
Paperback, 672 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Touchstone Books
(first published 1991)
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Dec 05, 2014 Carlo rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I centocinquantanni che passano di solito sotto il nome di Rinascimento furono il lasso di tempo in cui il mondo occidentale si indirizzò sulla strada che ha portato ai giorni nostri. I più avveduti fra gli uomini che vissero in quel periodo sentiva di far parte di un’epoca speciale dopo il relativo immobilismo dei secoli medioevali: a parte l’appropriazione di qualche scoperta fiorita in precedenza, come la bussola, l’impressione era corretta, anche se, come in tutti i momenti innovativi, fu ne ...more
The European historical period is by common agreement divided into three parts – Ancient, Medieval and Modern. There is rather less agreement about the dating of when the dividing lines between these periods are. The fall of Rome is conventionally the beginning of the medieval period (in Britain this is often the withdrawal of direct Roman authority in 410 AD). The conventional date to end the middle ages is 1492 and Columbus’s discovery of the new world. Yet in itself this is fairly meaningless ...more
I read this many years ago, in advance of my first trip to Italy in 1996. I wish I could write more specifically on it, but I remember loving it. It's not a terribly easy read, but very worthwhile. As I remember Hale makes good use of Jakob Burkhardt's much earlier book on the same subject, but adds a more recent perspective . If you're at all interested in Italy, the Renaissance, and/or as Hale titles it "The Civilization of Europe" you'll find this an excellent read.
Mar 18, 2013 Peter Mcloughlin rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Really good book. After covering the politics of the European Continent during the Renaissance the bulk of the book focuses on the Great Art, Archetecture and Literature of the Renaissance. It has many black and white illustrations of buildings, paintings, sculptures, and prints from this era and spends a great deal of time relating both the overall sweep of the renaissance plus many fine details. I really enjoyed this book.
A wonderful book and a fitting monument to an outstanding art historian. Takes a broad look at the impact of the Renaissance and the Reformation on the culture of all Europe at a time when the concept of "Europe" as we know it today was beginning to take concrete form. Thoroughly recommended.
Dense and packed with detail. Great historical reference but it took me over a year to read it. It's better to scan and then read just the sections you are most intersted in. Overall the author does well in communicating the upheaval of the Renaissance.
British historian specialising in the Renaissance, first Professor of History at the University of Warwick.More about J.R. Hale...
Also known as John R. Hale.
Also known as John R. Hale.