Synopses & Reviews
Drawing together the latest research in the field, The Routledge History of the Renaissance treats the Renaissance not as a static concept but as one of ongoing change within an international framework, taking as its unifying theme the idea of exchange and interchange through the movement of goods, ideas, disease and people and across social, religious, political and physical boundaries.
Covering a broad range of temporal periods and geographic regions, the chapters discuss topics such as the material cultures of Renaissance societies, the increased popularity of shopping as a pastime in fourteenth-century Italy, military entrepreneurs and their networks across Europe, the emergence and development of the Ottoman empire from the early fourteenth to the late sixteenth century, and women and humanism in Renaissance Europe. The volume is interdisciplinary in nature, combining historical methodology with techniques from the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology and literary criticism and allowing for juxtapositions of approaches that are usually segregated into traditional subfields, such as intellectual, political, gender, military and economic history.
Capturing dynamic new approaches to the study of this fascinating period and illustrated throughout with images, figures and tables, this comprehensive volume is a valuable resource for all students and scholars of the Renaissance.