Renaissance Florence 1350-1550 (HIH1612)

15 credits

This course introduces themes, sources and approaches in early modern history through a study of the city-state of Florence during the Renaissance. We will consider the art, architecture and literature that made the city famous, and investigate the society that generated these cultural expressions: its economic foundations, social relationships, family and marriage patterns, and political structures, as Florence – spasmodically – transitioned from communal republic to autocracy. Since Florence has often been hailed as ‘the first modern state’, the course raises questions of continuity and change at all levels of society, and invites reflection on the concepts of ‘Renaissance’ and ‘modernity’.