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Topics in History: Machiavelli's World and the Renaissance

A painting of a large square in Florentine where a man can be seen burning at the stake
The Execution of Savonarola and Two Companions at Piazza della Signoria, 16th C., Galleria Corsini, Florence

This course studies the Italian Renaissance through the writings of Niccolò Machiavelli and recent scholarship in social, cultural, intellectual, and political history. Seminar topics include political power and morality; conspiracies, rebellions, and the Medici family in Florence; the reception of Classical Antiquity; religious extremism; gender, sexuality, and powerful women; fiction and reality; and war in theory and the practice. 

Tentative Evaluations:

Attendance and Participation: 25%

4 Multiple Choice Quizzes (OnQ): 20%

Short Paper: 15%

Presentation on Research Topic (included in total paper grade)

Research Paper (10 pages): 40%

This course is offered as a 4.5-unit seminar during the 2022-2023 year. 

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




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