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ISBN: 0393054209
Author: Eugene F. Rice Jr.
Language: English
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (1970)
Pages: 192
Category: Europe
Subcategory: Travels
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Eugene F. Rice, J. is William R. Shepard Professor of History at Columbia University. The first chapters of their book survey in detail several trends that radically changed life in Europe.

Eugene F. His most recent book is Saint Jerome in the Renaissance. Anthony Grafton is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University. The technology of printing by movable type on rag-based paper revolutionized transmission of factual knowledge and freed the memory, enabling education to move its focus from memorization to thinking and judgment.

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Eugene Franklin Rice Jr. (August 20, 1924 – August 4, 2008) was an American historian specializing in the Church Fathers, Early Modern Europe, and Western homosexualities. Rice was born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Puerto Rico, where his father was president of The Central Aguirre Sugar Company. He was educated at Eaglebrook School (1937–39) and Phillips Exeter Academy. He entered Harvard University in 1942, but was soon drafted.

Eugene Franklin Rice,, American history educator. Guggenheim Foundation fellow Institute for Advanced Study, 1959-1960, 62-63, National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1974-1975. Staff sergeant United States Army, 1943-1945, European Theatre of Operations.

excellent on many points. com User, July 15, 2006. The chief strength of this book is its coverage of economic, military and political history. Of course in this period (basically the Renaissance and Reformation) most of us focus on the artistic, religious, philosophical and scientific developments-so we can use this background information very well.

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Presentation on theme: "The Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460-1559 Eugene F. Rice, Jr. Anthony Grafton. 3 The Printing Press Gutenberg’s printing press Block printing and paper from China 1250- 1350. Oil-bases ink and moveable type. Desire for books, secular and religious. Printing halted corruption of the scribe and restored classical texts to near to original integrity. 4. 5 The New Warfare Shaped the pattern of European political and social change. Siege warfare altered battlefield-Hundred Years War. Shepard Professor of History at Columbia University His recent books include Defenders of the Text: The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science and New Worlds. His recent books include Defenders of the Text: The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science and New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and The Shock of Discovery.

Was the shift from old to new in this period a transition from medieval to modern?

Professor Rice, assisted in this edition by Professor Tony Grafton continues to argue, as in the first edition, that this century represents a shift from medieval to "early" modern.

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Coidor
It’s easier to compose a long text than a short one; to write in academic jargon and clichés rather than original, clear English; and to pander to political trends rather than to seek the truth.

In producing this extraordinary book, Rice and Grafton chose the more difficult path of conciseness, clarity, and integrity. In a mere 202 pages they elucidate a dynamic and culturally rich period of history.

The first chapters of their book survey in detail several trends that radically changed life in Europe. The technology of printing by movable type on rag-based paper revolutionized transmission of factual knowledge and “freed the memory”, enabling education to move its focus from memorization to thinking and judgment. The invention and rapid adoption of the gun shifted power from feudal nobles to kings with their organized infantries.

The application of logic, mathematics, and experimentation established the foundation of fully developed science, which “Only modern western civilization has produced”.

Global exploration introduced tremendous new wealth, shifted Europe’s center of gravity from the Mediterranean towards the Atlantic, and created new perspectives on the world.

Meanwhile, population exploded. Industry, trade and commerce boomed and internationalized. Early capitalism spread in several forms, including vertical organization of craft guilds, subcontracted “putting-out” systems, and enlarged farms. The wealth and power of merchants flourished, and they began to climb the social hierarchy, while workers and peasants had to adjust.

Rice and Grafton’s chapter on humanist values and practices could be the best short summary of the Renaissance ever written. Humanist historians removed their field from theology, examined texts critically, and sought wisdom from man’s experience as a guide to life. The humanists revered the classics and were inspired by their themes to see man’s moral freedom as the basis of human dignity. This spirit was passionately expressed in the sublime art of the period – and in new principles of education intended “to produce free and civilized men”.

The second half of the book explains the consolidation of sovereign states in England, France and Spain which entailed the subordination of nobility to kings. By contrast, in Germany, the Holy Roman “Emperor” failed to centralize power. There, most political authority stayed in the hands of princes, archbishops, free imperial cities, and local lords. In Italy, balance-of-power politics evolved a somewhat stable five-state system.

The final two chapters describe in detail the splintering of the Church between Catholics and reforming but often intolerant Protestants. The ensuing passions polarized Europe. Mutually hostile doctrines attached to different states and classes, sowing the seeds of the horrible religious wars of the 17th Century.

Among the book’s chain of topics, there is not one weak link. Each is explained with insight and telling detail. Well-produced with excellent maps and illustrations, Rice and Grafton’s outstanding book delivers solid understanding of the foundations of modern Europe.
Gajurus
'Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460 - 1559' is the first in a series. For me, it has the right level of detail and is readable (for a history). It provides an overview of the events at the start of the Renaissance. It puts the invention of the printing press in context with scientific thinking, and the explorations of Magellan, Colombus and others. It is thought provoking when you compare the revolution created by the printing press to the impact of the internet today. As a person who avoided history class in High School and College, I plan to read the remainder of the books in this series.
TheFresh
This was well written and informative.
Ishnjurus
Excellent!
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I purchased this book for a class. The book is good for learning a lot of information in a short amount of time. This book was in good enough condition. Also, the shipping time was reasonable.
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The chief strength of this book is its coverage of economic, military and political history. Of course in this period (basically the Renaissance and Reformation) most of us focus on the artistic, religious, philosophical and scientific developments--so we can use this background information very well. This was my situation, and I found this little book (just 200 pages) perfectly illuminating. In fact, it's the most well-organized, concise, informative text on this period that I know of.

The only strong criticism I can make is that it covers cultural developments only very briefly, since its focus lies elsewhere. Evidently the author realizes that if you know nothing about the period you need an introduction; but if you are going to study the cultural history in any depth, this is at best an introduction.

So, to compliment this book, I strongly recommend something like Jansen's Art History, and something like Naxos' "Discover Early Music" (ASIN: B000B6N6BI).

Besides that, I recommend moving on to the other books in the Norton History of Modern Europe series--next is Dunn's "The Age of Religious Wars," itself a fine book.

If you want to learn the history of the period, or to brush up, I can happily recommend starting here. But if you want more depth, I especially recommend Diarmaid MacCulloch's "Reformation." Unfortunately I do not know what book to recommend if you want to study the Renaissance in any depth. I believe Peter Burke's "The Italian Renaissance" is a classic, perhaps the classic, coverage, but I can't really recommend it since I haven't read it. I strongly recommend complimenting all this with a history of the Ottoman Empire such as Lord Kinross' "Ottoman Centuries"--a too often neglected but undeniably central part of early modern European history.

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