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This is an auction for THE CIVILIZATION OF EUROPE IN THE RENAISSANCE, by John Hale. review:

“FIVE STARS!!!! John Rigby Hale (1922-1999) was a legendary Renaissance scholar, and this was his last and greatest work. Hale's style can be compared to an Impressionistic painting. The texture and details awash over the reader like so many dots forming grand narratives and themes; one not so much understands in so many words, but experiences understanding through the revelation of others. Unlike many historical surveys which tell the reader how things were, Hale shows it through direct quotes from the people who lived the age. Although many subjects are covered the consistent theme is "civilization". Hale shows a profound and noticeable change within a single generation: starting around the middle of the 15th century, people were conscious and aware of a shift, often saying how they now lived in a modern era. Although they disparaged the Middle Ages as backwards they were correct that things really did change. Hale's primary theme are these changes as so many contrasting bright new colours on the pale canvas of tradition. By the end of the Thirty Years' War in the early 17th century society had absorbed too many structural changes and "civilization" was collapsing. This lead to a retrenchment through the era of the "Old Regime" and finally, after a period of restoration and stability, an era of social and industrial revolution in the late 18th and 19th centuries, leading to the world we inherit today.”

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Large format (trade) paperback 1993.

648 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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