Defining Documents in World History: Renaissance & Early Modern Era (1308-1600)

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1 Volume
400 Pages
40 Essays
40 Primary Source Documents
Time Line
General Bibliography & Subject Index
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April 2017 · 1 volume · 400 pages · 8"x10"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-297-1
# of Pages: 400
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Defining Documents in World History:
Renaissance & Early Modern Era (1308-1600)

Designed for high school and college students, the Defining Documents series aims to advance historical document studies as an important activity in learning about history. Each volume consists of a collection of essays on important historical documents by a diverse range of writers on a broad range of subjects in American or world history.
Renaissance & Early Modern Era offers in-depth analysis of a broad range of historical documents and historic events that make up the vibrant story of Europe’s journey out of the Dark Ages and into years of growing enlightenment. The volume begins with the story of the Black Death, a time of superstition and incredible fear, and carries us forward in time to Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Thesis and the Dutch Declaration of Independence.The speeches, articles, essays, petitions, editorials, even laws and court orders over the span of this nation’s history demonstrate the ways in which its citizens have exercised the right to free speech. The thirty articles in this volume are organized into five sections:
  • The Black Death
  • Europe in War and Peace
  • Renaissance Arts and Letters
  • New World Encounters and Conflicts
  • The Protestant Reformation

Articles begin by introducing readers to the historical context surrounding the document, followed by a description of the author's life and circumstances in which the document was written. Next, a detailed analysis of the document provides an in-depth examination of the issues surrounding the document and its historical significance. An historical timeline and bibliography of supplemental readings will support readers in understanding the broader historical events and subjects in the period.