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Exceptionally student-friendly, extensively illustrated, and engagingly thought-provoking, this one-volume historical survey of the humanities is accessible--and inviting--to readers with little background in the arts and humanities. Carefully balanced among the major arts, philosophy, and religion and finely focused on selected principal events, styles, movements, and figures, it brings the past to life by including authentic documents from daily life, comparative global perspectives, and examples from literature, philosophy, music--including the contributions of women and minority artists. For individuals waiting to discover the humanities' rich connections to their own
Table of Contents
1. The Humanities: An Introduction to the Adventure.
Finding a Voice. The Arts. The Invitation to the Adventure.
2. The Ancient World.
The First Humans. Ancient Egypt. Early Asian Civilizations.
3. Ancient Greece: The Classical Spirit.
Early Greece. The Classical Period. The Greek Temple. Greek Sculpture. Greek Theater. Greek Philosophy. Greek Music. The Hellenistic Age.
4. Ancient Rome: The Spirit of Empire.
The Drama of Roman History. The Art of an Empire. the Architecture of Rome. Roman Art and Daily Life. Roman Theater and Music. The Roman Poets. Roman Philosophy.
5. The Judeo-Christian Spirit.
The Judaic Tradition. The Rise of Christianity. Christian Philosophy. The Christian Empires: Rome and Byzantium. Christianity and the Arts. The Rise of Islam.
6. The Early Middle Ages: The Feudal Spirit.
The Age of Charlemagne. Feudal Europe. Monasticism. The Romanesque Style. Early Medieval Music and Drama.
7. The Late Middle Ages: The Gothic Awakening.
The Gothic Awakening. Music and Theater in the Gothic Age. The New Learning. Courtly Life in the Middle Ages. Poets and Pilgrims. Prelude to the Renaissance.
8. The Renaissance Spirit in Italy.
The Renaissance in Italy. The Arts in Renaissance Florence. Early Renaissance Sculpture. Humanist Realism. The Genius of Leonardo. The High Renaissance in Rome.
9. The Northern and Late Renaissance.
The Northern Renaissance. The Reformation. Northern Renaissance Art. Humanism in the North. The Elizabethan Age. The Late Renaissance in Italy. The Venetian Renaissance and Ma
10. The Spirit of Baroque.
The Baroque in Spain. The Baroque in Italy. The Baroque in France. Music of the Protestant Baroque. The Dutch Baroque. The New Science. The English Compromise.
11. The Spirit of Enlightenment.
The Enlightenment. The Rococo Style. The Bourgeois Response. The Neoclassical Style. The Age of Satire.
12. Revolution and Romanticism.
Revolutions and Rights. The Romantic Hero. Elements of Romanticism. Romantic Demons.
13. The Industrial Age: The Spirit of Materialism.
Realism. The Spirit of Progress. Music and Modernity. The Last Romantics. Impressionism and Beyond. The Dark Side of Progress.
14. The Spirit of Modernism.
A Turbulent Century. Modernism in Art. The Freudian Revolution. Modernism in Literature. Modernist Music and Architecture. Art and Politics. In the American Grain.
15. The Contemporary Spirit.
Holocaust. Exploring the Absurd. Art in the Post-War Era. The Trials of Modern Architecture. Post-1945 Music. Post-modern Styles. The Global Culture.