The Renaissance: Its Nature and Origins

The Renaissance: Its Nature and Origins

The Renaissance: Its Nature and Origins

The Renaissance: Its Nature and Origins

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This is an essay on the Renaissance, not a history of the Renaissance. It omits mention of many interesting details of that vast transformation in an effort to determine, through a broad survey of its more salient features, the fundamental nature of the movement and the sources of its power. The final chapter presents the conclusion, which the survey convincingly yields, that the Renaissance was not a revolution, set off by the Revital of Learning and its concomitants, but an evolution, based on the same forces, generally speaking, that are at work in the world of today.

It is a duty as well as a pleasure to acknowledge my obligations to former students, to Mrs. June Stalker, the skilled compiler of the index, and above all to my learned colleague, Professor Gaines Post, who has criticized the manuscript and read the proofs. The book owes much to all of them.

G. C. S.

MADISON, WISCONSIN, OCTOBER, 1949 . . .

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