|Instructor Info:||James Wald|
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The era of the Renaissance and Reformation (c. 1350-1550) witnessed the rise of cities and commerce, the introduction of printing and firearms, the growth of the state, stunning innovation in the arts, scholarship, and sciences, bloody struggles over religion, and the European colonization of the globe. Crucial to many of these developments was the struggle to acquire and control knowledge, generally contained in texts--increasingly, printed ones. We will thus pay particular attention to the role of communication and the "history of the book" in shaping the origins of modernity. The course devotes equal attention to primary sources and secondary literature, introducing students both to the early modern era and to the discipline of history itself. A foundational course in history, social science, humanities, and cultural studies.
Course objective are to impart to participants, specifically:
Students are required to attend class regularly, keep up with a demanding reading load, and complete all assignments (see syllabus and assignments pages for details) on time.
Principal assignments will include periodic brief reading responses and several essays based on the required readings.
The following required texts are available for purchase at Amherst Books:
8 Main Street Amherst, MA 01002 ·
413.256.1547 · 800.503.5865 ·
and on reserve at the circulation desk in the Library.
[note: the McGraw Hill edition is identical in content and pagination, thus also acceptable]
[note: you do need to use this edition, which is quite different from the 1992 first edition]
[note: you do need the revised edition rather than the 1968 one]
• RUBLACK, Ulinka. Reformation Europe, New Approaches to European History, ed. William Beik and T. C. W. Blanning. (NY and Cambridge, UK: 2005).
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