High Renaissance (HSTY2612)


Europe after 1500 saw conflict, companionship, refinement and squalor. Beginning in opulent Rome, we discover a cast of Renaissance men and women, from Machiavellian political theorists and crafty swindlers to prophets and scientists, artists and poets. This was a world of bustling towns, sumptuous artefacts, bitter religious disputes, and electric debates over politics and learning. Europeans travelled to Italy, which in turn nourished culture and ideas around Europe: this unit follows these many pathways.

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2x1-hr lectures/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1000wd document exercise (20%), 2500wd essay (50%), 1000wd reading journal (20%), tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies

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