History 122 Syllabus

History 122 Syllabus - History 122 MW 12:00-1:15 DMH 167...

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History 122 Patricia Lopes Don MW 12:00-1:15 Office: DMH 316 DMH 167 MW 9:30-10:30 Contact: 924-5526 patdon@email.sjsu.edu Renaissance and Reformation “In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed – they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” Orson Welles, The Third Man (1949) This course will cover the chronological period of 1400 to 1600 in western Europe, with a bit before and after. The dominant theme of the course is two intellectual movements that have influenced the course of western European history immeasurably-- Renaissance and Reformation. Our own times would not be recognizable without their respective legacies. The critical historical interpretations of the Renaissance and Reformation have engaged the question of modern western identity. Renaissance Europeans were keenly attuned to a sense of identity in others and themselves in the modern sense of individuality, even when their claims of self-actualization were clearly a fiction. The religious reformers deeply engaged the questions of each man’s and woman’s relationship to God. Therefore, “Ren-Ref,” as it is popularly called, is intellectual history. Studying Ren-Ref is impossible without reading, thinking, discussing, and seeing. This class is both a modified colloquium, requiring your participation, and a visual experience. I intend to use a number of visuals as well as numerous film clips from the series “The Renaissance,” with the renowned Renaissance scholar Theodore Rabb. There are five major topics in this course: Classicism, the Urban Environment and Politics, Religion and Reformation, Art and Humanism, Politics and Science and Discovery. Each one of these topics will contain three modes of knowledge interaction: film, lecture, and discussion of assigned readings. The amount of reading in this class is not substantial but the close reading of the sources, the discussion of the sources, and the level of historical thinking in the writing assignments is high and extensive. Your participation and regular attendance are essential. Please do not be late and please turn
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History 122 Syllabus - History 122 MW 12:00-1:15 DMH 167...

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