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Ce society and the new humanist culture the rise of the sovereign state and ultimately the clash The Foundations eBook #9734 between the established Church and the Protestant reformer. This is a well written book that has aged uite well in the half century since it was first published Rice captures the reader immediately by stressing the importance of the printing press in the development of Europe as the Middle Ages drew to a close He brought us through the search for the classical writers by key figures of the Renaissance and how the writings and scholarly works math science from the ancients led to a rebirth of creativity and undue influence of the time period He also transitions into the reformation period which sprung out of the humanist movement of the Renaissance with brief overviews of Luther Calvin Zwingli Charles V along with a brief expose on the Peasant's Revolt There is a lot of information to pack into a brief work but Rice executes this task fairly well The biggest drawback is that he struggles with wrapping it up with a solid conclusion Nonetheless if you are looking for an overview of the timeperiod focusing on the most important areas this will fill that purpose If you are looking for something that is a page turner that you cannot put down because you will be totally engrossed in the narrative this is not that kind of book Still for the type of book that this is the writing is adeuate I've read much worse over the years

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The Foundations of Early Modern Europe 1460 1559In this compact study of of Early PDF #8608 the Renaissance and Reformation Eugene F Rice Jr draws together the main lines of change that account for a period of rapid transition from. Read this years ago for Western Civ I I seem to recall it being fairly well written as dry textbooks goThere's a lot pages devoted to the Reformation than I personally wanted Do people even learn about Zwingli any

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Free download The Foundations of Early Modern Europe 1460 1559 107 Ó [Ebook] ➦ The Foundations of Early Modern Europe 1460 1559 Author Eugene F. Rice Jr. – Gwairsoft.co.uk In this compact study of the Renaissance and Reformation Eugene F Rice Jr draws together the main lines of change that account for a period oMedieval civilization to early modern From a chapter on science technology and the voyages of exploration Professor Rice goes on to examine economic expansion within Europe Renaissan. This series was designed to compliment undergraduate students It is a dry academic survey of topics pertaining to the 100 years between 1450 and 1550 Rice does an excellent job in showing rare enthusiasm for an academician for the radical transformation of western society at this time There is an unusual emphasis on philosophical elements at the cost of political considerations; but that probably goes back to the theme of supplementing the classroomI may have missed it; but the title is a bit of a misnomer I do not remember any fixed event from the book for either 1460 or 1559 Instead the book starts off with the invention of moveable type in 1450 and concludes with the English Reformation in 1534 The last date that comes to mind is the Peace of Augsburg in 1555 which settled Charles V's religious wars A simple century does make for better titles and talking points Like so many other commentators of the Renaissance Rice goes into blanket enthusiasm for the Renaissance spending considerable time discussing artists and select pieces of art There is no immediate discussion on how the art impacts society as a whole The chapter says the basic mantra that education is good and finally people respect learned individuals It is a slow chapter The next chapter then discuss the rise of professionalism in society This was only possible through increased education and a break from the church's control over education It is an interesting argument that shows secular cracks in the armor of Mother Church The cracks spread until the Protestant Reformation Other reviewers have commented on Rice's choice to spend several lengthy chapters discussing theological differences between Calvin Luther Zwingli and the Anabaptists Some readers may detect a hint of cynicism in Rice's writings Really an entire sub chapter on whether the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ Luther or a metaphor that celebrates the suffering of Christ Zwingli is almost humorous However it sets up the following chapter much like the painful chapter on Renaissance Art set up the chapter on professionalism The chapter following the theological foundations of the Protestants is the best chapter in the book It outlines the transformations sweeping across Europe Rice argues that people's decisions to convert to Protestantism had little to do with the Eucharist and to do with antagonism towards the sociopolitical environment He brilliantly showcases a number of people who sought wealth by secularizing church property or securing additional powers over Catholic institutions by maintaining their Catholic religions At different levels of society Rice outlines the different factors that contributed to people's decision to accept one religion over another In no case did he cite someone who pondered the Eucharist and stood firm Only in the case of one German prince did Rice show a ruler who remained supportive of his faith at the loss of economic and political status This allowed Rice to conclude that religion may have some importance in the decision Ultimately it is a survey A survey that goes into depth than most introductory Western Civ courses cover between the magic of the Renaissance and the rise of colonial empires Rice also focused his book to cover intellectual aspects of those 100 years not just the political In fact he writing assumes readers have a basic knowledge of the politics of those years Even when discussing the wars of Charles V he does not mention the Schmalkaldic League His emphasis is clearly on cerebral concepts than individual battles and campaigns I recommend this book for readers who have that basic knowledge of 1450 1550 More casual readers will possibly be confused by the people and events and learn less if they can make it through the chapters on art criticism and theology