Great Cultural Epochs II

Web Page Links

CSP 201 is an interdisciplinary course which introduces within a chronological framework some of mankind's most enduring creations in art, architecture, thought, literature, and music. It begins with the Renaissance and ends in the recent past (the 1990s). Since this course only covers some four centuries of the human experience eventful years to be sure , we will be able to treat in some detail our many topics. Setting out about 1400, we examine first the Renaissance in Florence, Rome, Northern Europe, and Venice, and then the flowering of Baroque art, architecture, literature, and music. Following a study of the Enlightenment and the age of Neo-classicism, we focus our attention on Romanticism, the last great European-wide movement in the arts. The Industrial Revolution and the Realist reaction against Romanticism serve as a transition to the extraordinary cultural and intellectual transformations that begin to occur after 1870. By studying the birth of modern art, literature, and music, we explore the revolutionary innovations in culture that fill the years before 1914. Our semester concludes with an overview of western culture from the 1930s to Post-modernism. This course satisfies the UNC Pembroke General Education objective that students "should demonstrate knowledge of, appreciation for, and understanding of the contributions to society of" the arts, literature, history, and ideas.

Selected Web Page Links for CSP 201

World Cultures: An Internet Classroom

The World Civilization Virtual Library

Sources for the History of Art and Architecture

Sources for the History of Art and Architecture
(Keyed to Gardner's Art Through the Ages)

Macalester College World Urbanization Page (Excellent Links to Cities Worldwide)

The Great Buildings Collection from Artifice (Images of Individual Buildings)

Plans of Paris

The Paris Pages (Everything you Wanted to Know about Paris)

Paris balades (Guide [in French] to the Streets and Monuments of Paris)

Renaissance Florence

Renaissance Florence: Street Map and Monuments

The Florence Art and Monument Guide

The History and Monuments of Florence

History of Moscow (Tour of the Kremlin and Cities of the Golden Ring)

Links for CSP 201 are up-dated on a regular basis. Suggestions for additional links are welcome. Send them to Robert W. Brown (

This page is maintained by Robert W. Brown. Last up-date: 08.I.1999

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