HIST 497: Social History of Renaissance Europe, 1300-1700

This course is structured around an examination of the lifecycle in early modern Europe, beginning with birth and childhood, and continuing on to old age and death.  The class will look at a variety of social issues including sexuality, criminality, wealth, gender and social status. The course assignments will focus on primary sources as either objects of direct study or as ways to understand issues of social importance. If … Read more

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Dr. DeSilva Visits Bologna and Rome

From June 2-19, 2014, I was researching in Italy; specifically in Bologna and Rome.  These were the chief cities of the former Papal States, which was the territory ruled by the Pope until the creation of the kingdom of Italy in 1861. Although all roads led to Rome, many undergraduates went to Bologna, which was the first university town. Officially called the … Read more

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