Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
Course codes, titles and credits:
HISTG835: Political Thought in
Renaissance Europe (30 credits).
HISTG835A: Political Thought in Renaissance Europe A (15 credits).
HISTG835B: Political Thought in Renaissance Europe B (15 credits).
This course analyses key works of political thought in Europe in the period c.1350-1651, surveying the development and flourishing of classical humanist theories of monarchy and republicanism in Italy and subsequently in Northern Europe. It involves detailed study of a number of influential authors, concentrating on those in the humanist tradition, such as Francesco Petrarch, Leonardo Bruni, Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas More, Francesco Guicciardini, Michel de Montaigne, Jean Bodin and Justus Lipsius.
The course is divided into two parts, the first concentrating on the Italian
Renaissance, the second on the Northern European Renaissance. Students may take
both parts across two terms (HISTG035), the first part only (HISTG035A), or the
second part only (HISTG035B). Further details.
Assessment: HISTG035: two 4,000 word
essays; HISTG035A: one 4,000 word essay; HISTG035B: one 4,000 word
Time and location: Wednesday 9.00 -11.00, Physics Lecture Theatre.
Course tutor: Dr Iain McDaniel (History Department).
Preparatory reading: Reading the following books before the beginning of term will prepare you well for the course: Hans Baron, The Crisis of the Early Italian Renaissance: Civic Humanism and Republican Liberty in an Age of Classicism and Tyranny (2nd edn, 1966); Quentin Skinner, The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (Cambridge, 1978), 2 vols; Brian Copenhaver and Charles Schmitt, Renaissance Philosophy (Oxford, 1992).
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