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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381736140187 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance by John Hale. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 648 pages. Publisher: Atheneum; (1994). In this extraordinarily rich and engaging book, John Hale has painted, on a grand canvas, what he calls "an investigative impression" of one of the highest points of European civilization: the flourishing, between 1450 and 1620, of the period we have come to call the Renaissance. It was an age that, wrote Marsilio Ficino in 1492, "has like a golden age restored to light the liberal arts which were almost extinct: grammar, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, music." The book contains memorable descriptions of all of these. But Hale is not concerned simply with the arts: his interest is much wider. "[This] was the first age in which the words 'Europe' and 'European' acquired a widely understood significance. It saw the emergence of a new and pervasive attitude to what were considered the most valued aspects of civilized life. It witnessed the most concentrated wave of intellectual and cultural energy that had yet passed over the continent. It was also a period in which there were such dramatic changes of fortune for better of worse - religious, political, economic and, through overseas discoveries, global - that more people than ever before saw their time as unique, referring to 'this new age,' 'the present age,' 'our age'; to one observer it was a 'blessed age,' to another, 'the worst age in history"'. Hale paints his picture with an astonishing multiplicity of themes, people, and ideas. How did Europeans see themselves and others? What united them and separated them, both geographically and within their communities? What languages did they speak and write, and how widely? How did they fix themselves in time and space? What did they call civilized? What did they buy and sell? How did they dress and eat? What did they think about and how did they communicate their thoughts? One of the strengths of this book, which moves far beyond conventional or social history, is that it resists the temptation to answer any of these questions simply or glibly. CONDITION: New hardcover w/dustjacket. Unblemished except for VERY slight shelfwear to dustjacket. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with a new book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, etc. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Hale describes the end of "Christendom" and the beginning of a new understanding of the terms "Europe" and "European" during the period 1450-1620. He stresses the 16th and early 17th centuries, rather than 15th-century Italy, and is concerned not only with the "new age" of learning but with the characteristics of daily life among Europeans and the roots of contemporary Europe and its culture. Hale (Italian history, University College, London) analyzes the foundation of modern Western thought and culture during the Renaissance, 1450-1620. He discusses the period's artistic, scientific and philosophical achievements, as well as the negative aspects of Europe's growth in trade and travel, such as increased prejudice and divisiveness within the continent. Contains many photos and reprints. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: A deft survey by a leading British authority on the period's political, military, and art history. Hale presents the Renaissance as the age in which, first through cartography, the nations of Europe (Britain included) gained an awareness of being, however precariously, a cohesive entity. But he places as much stress on the countries' developing prejudices, antipathies, and insular “mini-economies” as on their sense of kinship or alliance. After chapters mapping the “discovery” of Europe as an idea, its countries, and its divisions, Hale crosses these borders to discuss “transformations”, “transmissions”, and “migrating styles” of art and culture. His examples of local adaptations of Italian works are particularly telling, e.g., a Polish translator of Castiglione's Courtier removed the women from its dialogues, sure that his readers would doubt “their participation in such a cultivated debate”. Hale, while furnishing essential information on the culture's immense achievements, ultimately stresses Renaissance Europe's blind spots and omissions, shortcomings and contradictions. Sensual indulgence as opposed to new social controls is exemplified by the fact that “one out of seven” Britons were accused of sexual misconduct in Elizabethan England and the inclusion of prostitutes as guests at Vatican entertainments; other problems range from the lack of practical theories of social reform to the excess of engineering ideas that were “theoretically plausible but impractical” yet were “accepted by the wisest council of the soberest government[s] of Europe”. Galileo, who destroyed the very premises of astrology, still “cast horoscopes for his Medici patrons and their friends”. While noting Europe's growing sense of modernity, Hale also traces the continent's cultural “drawing in on itself”, regions' rising separatism, cities' found-and-lost civility, and individuals' adoption of “Melancholy” out of “hopeless inner confusion”. The art descriptions are wittily precise, the illustrations well-chosen, and the quotations often come from superb period translations. Masterful portraiture. REVIEW: Just what is Europe asks this distinguished British historian, and his answers begin with the renewed interest in antiquity during the 1500’s. Hale examines the myth of Europa's rape by a bullheaded Zeus, discusses the intensity of mapmaking that placed Europe at the center of the world, and then sets forth to capture the entire, vast panorama of European civilization. His text reflects lifelong scholarship, yet Hale carries his gravitas lightly, with a buoyant absence of pedantry. In those passages keyed to his 200-odd illustrations, Hale goes beyond art history to convey what the images say about the changes occurring in day-to-day life. The new paintings by Titian, Raphael, and Hans Holbein, for all their aesthetic exquisiteness, signaled a new continental sensibility and that sensibility was also rising in the proto-capitalism of trade and in intellectual life. In the everyday world of social control, prejudices, disease, and death, Hale navigates just as steadily, showing that though this was not a humanitarian age, a new definition of civilized life developed that the world retrospectively acknowledges was revolutionary. A brilliant guide to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. REVIEW: This detailed history of 16th-century Europe describes an uncivilized world transformed by a wave of social, economic, political, and cultural changes into the full flower of the Renaissance. Hale paints a diverse picture of the themes, people, and ideas of the time through literature, art, and historical accounts. Exploring every aspect of art, philosophy, politics, life and culture between 1450 and 1620, this enthralling panorama examines one of the most fascinating and exciting periods in European history. A rich, dense book which combines inspiring generalizations with idiosyncratic detail. It is a meticulous masterpiece. REVIEW: “The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance” is a superb evocation of the Europe of “the long sixteenth century”, wonderfully fresh and rich in its copious illustrative detail. It is as if a great tapestry of Renaissance Europe were being unfolded to the reader, full of innumerable incidental delights, but all of them subordinated to the grand central design of a brutish world being tamed and transformed by social and political discipline and the magical touch of the civilized arts. The book takes its place as the summation of John Hale’s career as a historian, and the crowning achievement of a master-designer whose richly fabricated works have given so much pleasure. Inevitable the work invites comparison with the masterpiece of the nineteenth-century Swiss historian Burckhardt, “The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy”. It deserves to stand alongside Braudel’s classic account of the Mediterranean at the time of Philip II. It is a measure of its excellence that such comparisons with “The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance” seem just. This is a fine book, engrossing, thought-provoking, and delightfully readable. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Hale is the distinguished author of many books on the history of the Renaissance, and this work - written near the end of his career - is a synthesis of a lifetime of thought, study, and research on the subject. This is a masterful look at European civilization during the age we identify with the somewhat liquid term "Renaissance." Hale's approach is thematic rather than strictly chronological, and Hale's wide range of learning and his use of many wonderful illustrations give the work a distinct and fascinating life, and an even flow that can be taken in easily-digestible chapters and sections. Each chapter is filled with Hale's insight and gift for making complex issues accessible. This is no small task when dealing with a period as complicated and multi-faceted as the Renaissance. Hale's grasp of the original sources is impressive, and he frequently allows them to speak for themselves, showing that we are not so far away from this period in our history (just as we are not so far from the world of classical antiquity which the Renaissance revived). The result is a magnificent study which looks at how Europe (and by extension the world) changed during the "long century" of 1450 to 1620: a period of tremendous discovery, violence and intellectual/artistic achievement. REVIEW: Mr. Hale's book is full on insight into the transformation that occurred in Europe during the Renaissance. His research is extensive, his analysis detailed, and his knowledge of the subject extensive. I feel that I really learned a lot about this interesting era in European history. Also, the author uses numerous illustrations and prints when discussing various points, which helped me a lot since I do not possess much of a background on this subject. The book will make for a most enjoyable read for anyone already familiar with this time period. Reading this book was like looking at history form the street level, enabling one to understand why they did what they did during that time. This book is a wonderful monument to a great historian and scholar, and is an unmitigated delight to read, and to return to. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the Renaissance in Europe. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). 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