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Renaissance Secrets: What is History?

Produced by BBC as part of the Open University series, this website features four historians' views on aspects of Renaissance history to illustrate the interpretative nature of historical thinking. Along with synopses of their studies on the nature of Venice as a "second-hand" city, problems of health care in Italian city-states, a plot against Queen Elizabeth of England, and what it was that Guttenburg "invented," it includes sections on how history is done and the critical thinking that is needed in collecting and evaluating historical evidence.


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