Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society: Since by Marvin Perry, Margaret Jacob, James Jacob, Myrna Chase,

By Marvin Perry, Margaret Jacob, James Jacob, Myrna Chase, Theodore H. Von Laue

WESTERN CIVILIZATION, ninth version covers the Western highbrow culture and the importance of its principles inside a political background chronology. recognized for its obtainable writing sort, this article appeals to scholars and teachers alike for its brevity, readability, and cautious number of content material together with its more suitable specialize in faith and philosophy. up-to-date with newer scholarship, the 9th version keeps many renowned positive factors, together with comparative timelines and full-color maps with actual geography essays. New expertise assets, together with an interactive publication, make studying extra enticing and guide extra effective.

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In its sheer magnificence, art could manifest power. Art, like literature, could also serve as a focus of civic pride and patriotism. Just as insecure rulers contended on the battlefield, they competed for art and artists to bolster their egos. Art became a desirable political investment, especially when, in the fifteenth century, economic investments were not offering as much return as they had a century or two before. The popes invested in art as well. Having lost the battle for temporal dominion in Europe, the papacy concentrated on increasing its direct dominion in Italy by consolidating and expanding the Papal States.

LEONARDO humanist perspective, scholasticism failed not only because its terms and Latin usage were barbarous but also because it did not provide useful knowledge. This humanist emphasis on the uses of knowledge offered an additional stimulus to science and art. But the new humanist and heroic image of human beings was deeply compromised and conflicted in one major area: the subject of women and gender relations. During the Renaissance, there were a few powerful female rulers, such as Elizabeth I, queen of England (1558–1603), and Catherine de’ Medici, who became the regent (ruler) of France after her husband Henri II’s untimely death in 1559.

This vigor was marked by several developments. The common people showed greater devotion to the church. Within the church, reform movements attacked clerical abuses, and the papacy grew more powerful. Holy wars against the Muslims drew the Christian community closer together. During this period, the church, with great determination, tried to make society follow divine standards, that is, to shape all institutions according to a comprehensive Christian outlook. European economic and religious vitality was paralleled by a flowering of philosophy, literature, and the visual arts.

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