ArchiveMarch 2016

My Reading of “A History of Islamic Spain”


It might be hard for some to believe, but the Italian Renaissance (as its name suggests) was more immediately derivative than most European histories would be willing to admit. We’re taught that the Renaissance was a sudden efflorescence of Greek classicism emerging from the new socioeconomic soil of an urban middle-class, as though a light-bulb came on in the darkness of medieval Europe...

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