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Required Readings

Rice, Eugene, and Anthony Grafton. The Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460-1559. 2nd ed. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1994. ISBN: 0393963047. (RG)

Ross, James, and Mary McLaughlin. The Portable Renaissance Reader. New York, NY: Penguin, 1977. ISBN: 0140150617. (RR)

Leroy-Ladurie, Emmanuel. Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. ISBN: 0394729641.

Petrarch, Francesco. The Secret. Edited by Carol Quillen. Boston, MA: Bedford/Saint Martin's, 2003. ISBN: 0312154380.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. Oxford, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 019280426X.
A version of this text is available through Project Gutenberg.

Davis, N. Z. The Return of Martin Guerre. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983. ISBN: 0674766903.

Readings by Class Session

課程單元 閱讀資料
1 Introduction: The History of Renaissance History
2 Geography, Demography, Global Trade, 1300-1600 Leroy-Ladurie. Montaillou. pp. 3-135.
3 The World of the Peasantry ca. 1300 Leroy-Ladurie. Montaillou. pp. 139-230.
4 The Black Death Tuchman, Barbara. "'This is the end of the world': The Black Death." In A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century. New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1987. pp. 92-125.

Boccaccio. Introduction to The Decameron. New York, NY: Signet Classics, 2002. pp. 49-68.
5 The Discarded Image RR. pp. 580-3.
6 The Beginnings of Humanism in Fourteenth-Century Italy RG. pp. 1-10, 77-90.

RR. pp. 120-30.

Petrarch. The Secret. pp. 1-70, 149-58.
7 Petrarch Petrarch. The Secret. pp. 70-148.
8 Civic Humanism in Early Fifteenth-Century Italy and Beyond Kohl, Benjamin G., and Ronald G. Witt, eds. "Introduction and Bruni's Panegyric to the City of Florence." In The Earthly Republic: Italian Humanists on Government and Society. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978, pp. 121-175. ISBN: 081227752X.

RR. pp. 476-9.
9 Art and Culture in Fifteenth-Century Italy RG. pp. 90-114.

RR. pp. 140-5, 527-40.

Simons, Pat. "Women in Frames: The Gaze, the Eye, the Profile in Renaissance Portraiture." History Workshop 25 (1988): 38-57.
10 A Visit to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Baxandall, Michael. Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1988, pp. 1-27. ISBN: 019282144X.
11 Burgundy and Late Medieval Politics in the North RR. pp. 185-202.
12 The New Monarchies and The Invasion of Italy RG. pp. 110-145.

RR. pp. 279-94.
13 Politics Reinvented Machiavelli. The Prince. all.
14 Christian Humanism in the North RR. pp. 80-6, 401-8, 717-21.

Sowards, J. Kelley, ed. The Julius Exclusus of Erasmus. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1968, pp. 45-141.
15 Martin Luther and the Protestant Challenge RG. pp. 146-77.

RR. pp. 677-703.
16 The Age of Reformations RG. pp. 178-202.

RR. pp. 234-41.

Hillerbrand, Hans, ed. "Radical Reform Movements." In The Reformation. 6th ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1978, pp. 214-38.
17 Sixteenth-Century Peasants I Davis. The Return of Martin Guerre. pp. 1-61.
18 Sixteenth-Century Peasants II Davis. The Return of Martin Guerre. pp. 62-125.
19 1543: The Copernican Revolution RG. pp. 18-26.

RR. pp. 584-611.
20 1543: The Vesalian Revolution RR. pp. 552-73.
21 Individual Consultations with Instructor
22 Review
23 Portuguese Expansion RG. pp. 32-38.
24 Spanish Exploration RG. pp. 38-44.

RR. pp. 146-57.
25 Spanish Conquest Burkholder, Mark A., and Lyman L. Johnson. Colonial Latin America. 4th ed., New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 42-59. ISBN: 0195137027.

Schwartz, Stuart B., ed. "The Siege and Fall of Tenochtitlan." In Victors and Vanquished: Spanish and Nahua Views of the Conquest of Mexico. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2000, pp. 182-213. ISBN: 0312154089.
26 Conclusion: The Future of the Renaissance