Historian Alf J. Mapp, Jr., delves into the economic, social, and artistic characteristics of three of the most intensely creative periods in Western history to explore the qualities that enabled these societies to make staggering jumps in scientific knowledge, develop new political structures, and create timeless works of art. With his insight into Renaissance Florence, Elizabethan England, and Revolutionary War-era America and his discussion of the key leaders and thinkers who helped shape each period, Mapp heightens our understanding of the elements that nurture sparks of progress and innovation in every civilization.
1. The Persistent Question. 2. The Bow and the Lyre. 3. Legs and Tails -- Renaissance Florence. 4. Waking the Dead. 5. Lorenzo the Magnificent. 6. Saints, Sinners, and Seers. 7. Gold Coins and a Golden Age. 8. Bonfire of the Vanities. 9. Cycle of Fire. 10. Age of Genius. 11. Why the Renaissance Left Home -- Elizabethan England. 12. Saints and Sinners -- English Style. 13. Gloriana. 14. "All Knowledge for My Province" 15. The Grand Design. 16. The Great Magician. 17. Benign Contagion. 18. Explorers All -- America. 19. "Westward the Course" 20. "Where None Before Hath Stood" 21. Where They Were in 1760. 22. "Before We Were the Land's" 23. The Virginia Path. 24. Royal Road to Learning
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