The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 23, 2013 - History - 768 pages

A lively and fascinating narrative history about the birth of the modern world.

Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this volume—the third in the series that began with The History of the Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World—chronicles the contradictions of a world in transition.

Popes continue to preach crusade, but the hope of a Christian empire comes to a bloody end at the walls of Constantinople. Aristotelian logic and Greek rationality blossom while the Inquisition gathers strength. As kings and emperors continue to insist on their divine rights, ordinary people all over the world seize power: the lingayats of India, the Jacquerie of France, the Red Turbans of China, and the peasants of England.

New threats appear, as the Ottomans emerge from a tiny Turkish village and the Mongols ride out of the East to set the world on fire. New currencies are forged, new weapons invented, and world-changing catastrophes alter the landscape: the Little Ice Age and the Great Famine kill millions; the Black Death, millions more. In the chaos of these epoch-making events, our own world begins to take shape.

Impressively researched and brilliantly told, The History of the Renaissance World offers not just the names, dates, and facts but the memorable characters who illuminate the years between 1100 and 1453—years that marked a sea change in mankind’s perception of the world.

 

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Book should have been titled differently. It has nothing to do with the Renaissance. It ends where the Renaissance starts. But I do understand where Mrs. Bauer was going. Incredible read. Read full review

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It's difficult for someone living in the 21st century to look back on history and not speculate that, until relatively recently, most people must have been psychologically unstable. I confess that it ... Read full review

Contents

The Splintering Khanate
339
The Mamluks of Egypt
346
The Recapture of Constantinople
367
China Japan Goryeo Champa and the Dai Viet
379
The Sicilian Vespers
388
The Wars of Edward I
394
The Second Sultanate of Delhi
403
The End of the Papal Monarchy
410

Seventy
47
Questions of Authority
49
The New Song
55
The Heiji Disturbance
61
Death of an Army
69
The First Plantagenet
76
The Almohads in Spain
88
Many Nations
94
The Last Fatimid Caliph
102
Monks and Brahmans
108
Conquest of the Willing
117
Death ofa Priest
126
Foreign Relations
134
TwentyOne Resentments
148
Saladin
155
FortyTwo
174
Part
185
The Jokyu War
211
Sixty
215
The Unwanted Throne
217
The First Delhi Sultanate
225
Heresy
233
Reconquest and Failure
242
From Bouvines to Magna Carta
248
France 12151229
257
The Fifth Crusade
275
From the Golden Bull to the Baltic Crusade
281
SixtyOne SixtyTwo
287
The Sixth Crusade
293
Young Kings
303
The Mongol Horde
310
The Debt of Hatred
318
FortySeven The Shadow of God
326
FortyEight The Seventh Crusade
332
SeventySeven
336
The Appearance of the Ottomans
419
India 13031320
427
The Triumph of the Bruce
433
The Great Famine
443
The Sultan and the Khan
449
Mansa Musa of Mali
455
After the Famine
461
The Southern and Northern Courts
470
Rebellions
478
Naming the Renaissance
484
The Cities in the Lake
491
SeventyOne A Hundred Years of War
497
The End of the World
505
The Will to War
515
White Lotus Red Turban
525
After the Mongols
531
The Turks and the Desperate Emperor
537
The Disintegration of Delhi
544
The Union of Krewo
551
The Rebirth of the Mongol Horde
557
Compromises and Settlements
565
EightyTwo Bad Beginnings
577
Madness and Usurpation
591
EightyFive The Battle ofNicopolis The Ottoman empire Constantinople
598
EightySix The Union and Disunion of Kalmar Scandinavia
604
EightyEight The Taking of France France and England 14011420
620
EightyNine After Timurlane The north ofIndia the empire of Timur the lands
627
NinetyOne Failure The old lands ofthe Holy Roman Empire and the remnants
645
NinetyTwo Perpetual Slavery Portugal Castile and Africa 14151455
654
NinetyThree The Loss of France France and England 14221453
662
NinetyFour The Fall The Byzantine and Ottoman empires along with Hungary
673
Notes
683
Works Cited
723
Permissions
749
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Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

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