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The Universities of the Italian Renaissance (Johns Hopkins Paperback) [Kindle Edition]

Paul F. Grendler
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In this magisterial study, noted scholar Paul F. Grendler offers a detailed and authoritative account of the universities of Renaissance Italy. Beginning with brief narratives of the origins and development of each university, Grendler explores such topics as the number of professors and their distribution by discipline, student enrollment (some estimates are the first attempted), famous faculty members, budget and salaries, and relations with civil authority. He discusses the timetable of lectures, student living, foreign students, the road to the doctorate, and the impact of the Counter Reformation. He shows in detail how humanism changed research and teaching, producing the medical Renaissance of anatomy and medical botany, new approaches to Aristotle, and mathematical innovation. Universities responded by creating new professorships and suppressing older ones. The book concludes with the decline of Italian universities, as internal abuses and external threats -- including increased student violence and competition from religious schools -- ended Italy's educational leadership in the seventeenth century.


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Drawing on a lifetime of scholarship devoted to the history of schooling in late medieval and Renaisssance Europe, Grendler presents a magisterial study of the Italian universities... elegantly written.

(Choice)

A nuanced overview... Grendler offers a perceptive discussion of the effects of the Counter Reformation.

(Robert Black American Historical Review)

An important work of great erudition, an essential work for anyone wishing to understand Renaissance education.

(Duane J. Osheim Sixteenth Century Journal)

Erudite as well as entertaining; an instructive treatise as well as a useful reference tool for anyone interested in the topic.

(Catholic Historical Review)

For those interested in Renaissance intellectual history and the history of higher learning, this will be the quintessential study for some time.

(Mark Jurdjevic Canadian Journal of History)

No brief review can do justice to Paul A. Grendler's elegant study of Italian Renaissance universities. The Universities of the Italian Renaissance requires close reading and will doubtless become the definitive analysis of higher education in the period. Grendler blends the same depth of archival knowledge, familiarity with the secondary literature, organization, and clear writing that characterize his earlier works on Renaissance education.

(Michael J. Galgano History: Reviews of New Books)

Paul Grendler's comprehensive, methodical, and immensely learned study of the seventeen universities in Renaissance Italy is an enormous contribution to historians and scholars... A wide-ranging and authoritative study that will be a benchmark for years to come.

(Christopher Carlsmith H-Italy, H-Net Reviews)

This will certainly become the standard work on the subject.

(Darin Hayton Cithara)

This formidable erudite, beautifully presented and magisterial work is a reliable guidebook to one of the golden ages of university history. Between the early fifteenth and late sixteenth centuries, Italian universities were unrivaled in Europe except in theology. Grendler has produced a splendid framework within which to understand one of the great flowerings of intellectual life in European history.

(Diarmaid MacCulloch History of Education)

A recognized authority on the subject of education in the Italian Renaissannce, Paul Grendler has produced a magnificent study of Italian higher education in the period 1400–1600.

(David A. Lines Isis)

A vast, highly informative, and wide-ranging account... This monumental study, beautifully produced, crystal clear, and breathtakingly encyclopedic in scope, contains a wealth of valuable information and high-level scholarship.

(Jonathan Woolfson Modern Language Review)

Will remain a basic source of reference for all future work on Italian Renaissance universities.

(Alison Brown History)

Grendler's work is likely to remain for long an indispensable, and interdisciplinary, 'benchmark'.

(John Easton Law Journal of Ecclesiastical History)

A wide-ranging and comprehensive survey.

(Jill Kraye Times Literary Supplement)

Grendler succeeds in painting a picture of the Italian universities that is well founded in empirical data. His book is a great success.

(Jürgen Miethke Journal of Modern History)

A magnificent achievement. Paul Grendler has written a stunningly comprehensive, detailed, and insightful history of the Italian universities from their origins to the eighteenth century. It will unquestionably become the standard work on the subject and remain so for a very long time. More than an institutional history, it is also a history of Italian culture over a span of five hundred years. Law, medicine, humanism, mathematics, philosophy, theology, and science all receive lucid and informative treatment.

(John Monfasani, State University of New York at Albany)

Grendler's research provides the Renaissance scholar with a guide book to the Italian universities of the period.

(Mark A. Lewis Archivum Historicum)

This erudite work of scholarship will change the way that we look at the Renaissance intellectual history.

(Anthony F. D'Elia International Journal of the Classical Tradition)

From the Publisher

"A magnificent achievement. Paul Grendler has written a stunningly comprehensive, detailed, and insightful history of the Italian universities from their origins to the eighteenth century. It will unquestionably become the standard work on the subject and remain so for a very long time. More than an institutional history, it is also a history of Italian culture over a span of five hundred years. Law, medicine, humanism, mathematics, philosophy, theology, and science all receive lucid and informative treatment."—John Monfasani, State University of New York at Albany

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  • File Size: 3785 KB
  • Print Length: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (September 29, 2004)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AUSHLO
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich explanations in well organized sections May 3, 2013
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As a person in private research, I find this book very helpful. It literally holds every information of Italaian universities that it even includes tables of salaries paid to professors of various eras. Fun facts are also eye catchers of this book, such as student violence commited in typical jokes or pranks. I have to admit this book is no fast-read though. Nevertheless, I give five stars for its richness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful overview of university structure and practice. August 21, 2013
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Grendler gives an excellent survey of trends in important Renaissance educational centers. It gives a "big picture" view of the institutions and also details about approaches of individual scholars, colleges, and classroom materials. If you want to know what the higher educational crowd was doing during humanism, this is a great place to start.
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