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21H.311 The Renaissance, 1300-1600

As taught in: Fall 2004

A photograph of a page in Astronomicae Instaurata Mechanica, 1598.

Tycho Brahe with his quadrant mural, Astronomicae Instaurata Mechanica, 1598. (Courtesy of the Burndy Library, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.)




Prof. Jeffrey S. Ravel

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Course Description

The "Renaissance" as a phenomenon in European history is best understood as a series of social, political, and cultural responses to an intellectual trend which began in Italy in the fourteenth century. This intellectual tendency, known as humanism, or the studia humanitatis, was at the heart of developments in literature, the arts, the sciences, religion, and government for almost three hundred years. In this class, we will highlight the history of humanism, but we will also study religious reformations, high politics, the agrarian world, and European conquest and expansion abroad in the period.

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