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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. identified for its obtainable writing kind, this article appeals to scholars and teachers alike for its brevity, readability, and cautious choice of content material together with its greater specialise in faith and philosophy. up-to-date with more moderen scholarship, the 9th version keeps many well known positive aspects, 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 guideline extra effective.

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The similarities between the civic and princely ideals, however, were not as important as the differences. The aim of princely rule was not liberty but peace and security, and the best means to this end was not a republic but hereditary monarchy. This new princely ideal was reflected in a new spate of advice books, the most influential of which was The Book of the Courtier, written between 1513 and 1518 by Baldesar Castiglione (1478–1529). These books promoted the notion that the ideal ruler should be universally talented and skillful, equally Copyright 2009 Cengage Learning, Inc.

Many of these tendencies manifested themselves dramatically during the Renaissance. The word renaissance means “rebirth,” and it is used to refer to the attempt by artists and thinkers to recover and apply the ancient learning and standards of Greece and Rome. In historical terms, the Renaissance is both a cultural movement and a period. As a movement, it was born in the city-states of northern Italy and spread to the rest of Europe. As a period, it runs from 1350 to 1600. Until the late fifteenth century, the Renaissance was restricted to Italy.

The High Middle Ages saw the restoration of some learning of the ancient world, the rise of universities, the emergence of an original form of architecture (the Gothic), and the creation of an imposing system of thought (scholasticism). Medieval theologian-philosophers, called scholastics, fashioned Christian teachings into an allembracing philosophy, which represented the spiritual essence of medieval civilization. They achieved what Christian thinkers in the Roman Empire had initiated and what learned men of the Early Middle Ages were groping for: a synthesis of Greek philosophy and Christian revelation.

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