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  • The Impact of Humanism: The Renaissance in Europe: A Cultural Enquiry, Volume 1 (Renaissance in Europe series)

    The Impact of Humanism: The Renaissance in Europe: A Cultural Enquiry, Volume 1 (Renaissance in Europe series)

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    The Renaissance, both as a concept and a period, continues to generate lively controversy not only among academics but also among the general public. Ever since the publication, in 1860, of Jacob Burckhardt's classic study of the Renaissance in Italy, scholars have disputed the origins of the movement and its subsequent influence on European culture and thought. This sequence of three course texts and two anthologies, published in association with the Open University, explores the Renaissance from the interdisciplinary perspective of history, literature, drama, religion, the history of art, philosophy, music and political thought. It provides students and general readers with an unprecedentedly thorough analysis of this absorbing stage in the development of Western civilization. Taking Burckhardt's The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy as its starting point, this volume seeks to explore the continuing relevance of this seminal study to our understanding of the Renaissance, as well as subjecting it to the criticism of subsequent generations of scholars. A particular concern is the 'revival of antiquity' which Burckhardt saw as one of the definitive features of Renaissance culture. This is explored through a reassessment of the role of humanism, with detailed case studies in music (Josquin Desprez), moral philosophy (Valla, Castiglione, More) and political thought (Machiavelli). This volume is the fist in a series of three specifically designed for the Open University course, The Renaissance in Europe: A Cultural Enquiry.
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  • The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (Volume 1)

    The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (Volume 1)

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    Volume 1 of 2-volume set. Total of 1,566 extracts reveal full range of Leonardo's versatile genius: his writings on painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, mining, inventions, music. Dual Italian-English texts, with 186 plates and faithful reproductions of more than 500 additional drawings.
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  • Challenges to Authority: The Renaissance in Europe: A Cultural Enquiry, Volume 3 (Renaissance in Europe series)

    Challenges to Authority: The Renaissance in Europe: A Cultural Enquiry, Volume 3 (Renaissance in Europe series)

    The evolution and reception of the Renaissance was mediated by, amongst other influences: the Protestant Reformation; the development of science or natural philosophy; and an interest in witchcraft and demonology. These are evaluated alongside the influence of Montaigne's "Essays".
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  • Leonardo's Legacy: How Da Vinci Reimagined the World

    Leonardo's Legacy: How Da Vinci Reimagined the World

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    Revered today as, perhaps, the greatest of Renaissance painters, Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist at heart. The artist who created the Mona Lisa also designed functioning robots and digital computers, constructed flying machines and built the first heart valve. His intuitive and ingenious approach—a new mode of thinking—linked highly diverse areas of inquiry in startling new ways and ushered in a new era.In Leonardo’s Legacy, award-winning science journalist Stefan Klein deciphers the forgotten legacy of this universal genius and persuasively demonstrates that today we have much to learn from Leonardo’s way of thinking. Klein sheds light on the mystery behind Leonardo’s paintings, takes us through the many facets of his fascination with water, and explains the true significance of his dream of flying. It is a unique glimpse into the complex and brilliant mind of this inventor, scientist, and pioneer of a new world view, with profound consequences for our times.
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  • Capitals of Capital: A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005

    Capitals of Capital: A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005

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    This is the first history of international financial centres and of the major stake that they now represent in the global economy. Youssef Cassis, one of the world's leading financial historians, provides a fascinating comparative history of the most important centres that constitute the capitals of capital - New York, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore. The book explores the dynamics of the rise and decline of these great centres from the beginning of the industrial age up to the present, setting them in their economic, political, social and cultural context and drawing on concepts from financial economics in its analysis of events. This paperback edition has been fully updated to take account of the challenges posed by the financial collapse of 2007-8 and offers the longer-term framework necessary to understand the crisis gripping capitals of capital today.
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  • Reading Revolution: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England

    Reading Revolution: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England

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    This fascinating book - the first comprehensive study of reading and politics in early modern England - examines how texts of that period were produced and disseminated and how readers interpreted and were influenced by them. Based on the voluminous reading notes of one gentleman, Sir William Drake, the book shows how readers formed radical social values and political ideas as they experienced civil war, revolution, republic and restoration. By analysing the strategies of Drake's reading practices, as well as those of several key contemporaries (including Jonson, Milton, and Clarendon), Kevin Sharpe demonstrates how reading in the rhetorical culture of Renaissance England was a political act. He explains how Drake, for example, by reading and rereading classical and humanist works of Tacitus, Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Bacon, became the advocate of dissimulation, intrigue, and realpolitik. Authority, Sharpe argues, was experienced, reviewed and criticized not only in the public forum but in the study, on the page and in the imagination of early modern readers.
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  • The Politics of Disclosure, 1674-1725: Secret History Narratives (Political and Popular Culture in the Early Modern Period)

    The Politics of Disclosure, 1674-1725: Secret History Narratives (Political and Popular Culture in the Early Modern Period)

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    This is a study of the 'secret history', a polemical form of historiography which flourished in England during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Secret histories promised their readers previously undiscovered intelligence about the covert actions and hidden motives of public figures, primarily monarchs, their ministers and their mistresses. In an era of absolute rule, secret histories shattered the aura of mystery which surrounded the power elite. The secret history spread through the genres and was used by polemicists, pamphleteers and novelists from across the political spectrum. Bullard argues that secret histories' rhetorical peculiarities must be understood in the light of contemporary party politics. As a form, they indicate a sophisticated, analytical and politically engaged reading public in late Stuart and early Hanoverian England.
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