Prof. Maryanne Horowitz
HISTORY 224
Marco Polo to Machiavelli:

The Italian Renaissance & Exploration
Spring 2016

 

 

Instructor

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Instructor
Prof. Maryanne Horowitz   Office Swan 314
Class Meets: 1:55 p.m-2:50 p.m.  Weingart 116
Office Hours: 
Mon. 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and Fri. 8:00-9:25 a.m and by appointment in Swan 314. Email fastest horowitz@oxy.edu   Office phone: 323-259-2583 (useful mainly during office hours)

Horowitz homepage

 

Books ordered for Bookstore  

         Lisa Kaborycha, A Short History of Renaissance Italy, 2011 (Abbrev. Short) (l copy on reserve) TEXTBOOK

         Travels of Marco Polo, ed. Rugoff, afterword by Mittlemark. (mass marketing Signet pb.)

         The Portable Machiavelli, ed. and trans. Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa (Penguin)

         Recommended Reading: Kenneth Bartlett, The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance, 2nd ed.

Resources

         A useful website is: Italian Renaissance Learning Resources

         DOCUMENT ANALYSIS FORM (for use in analyzing documents-like an excerpt from Marco Polo or Machiavelli- and images)

         Reserve Readings at MOODLE site (class books whenever possible)

OBJECTIVES:

To gain knowledge of the main trends of the Italian Renaissance (late 1200s-1600s) and to be familiar with the diversity of city-states and creative individuals.

To critically evaluate historical generalizations about global encounters of travel writers from the Italian peninsula.

To develop empathy, tolerance, capacity to think from someone else's assumptions and worldview by stepping into the issues and concerns of people who lived in the past

To improve one's oral and written skills as a student of the liberal arts

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Participation, 2 in-class exams, 2 short papers, No Final.

 

Instructor

Books

Requirements

Schedule