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Bouwsma, William J. (William James) 1923-2004

Overview
Works: 64 works in 245 publications in 8 languages and 9,264 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Other, Honoree, Contributor, Publishing director
Classifications: BX9418, 284.20924
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Most widely held works by William J Bouwsma
John Calvin : a sixteenth-century portrait by William J Bouwsma( Book )

24 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 2,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An interpretation of Calvin and the Reformation and its relationship to the movements of the Renaissance
The waning of the Renaissance, 1550-1640 by William J Bouwsma( Book )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historians have viewed intellectual and artistic achievement as a seamless progression in a single direction, with the Renaissance, as identified by Jacob Burckhardt, as the root and foundation of modern culture. But in this new analysis William Bouwsma rethinks the accepted view, arguing that while the Renaissance had a beginning and, unquestionably, a climax, it also had an ending." "Examining the careers of the greatest figures of the age - Montaigne, Galileo, Jonson, Descartes, Hooker, Shakespeare, and Cervantes among many others - Bouwsma perceives in their work a growing sense of doubt and anxiety about the modern world. He considers first those features of modern European culture generally associated with the traditional Renaissance, features which reached their climax in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. But even as the movements of the Renaissance gathered strength, simultaneous impulses operated in a contrary direction. Bouwsma identifies a growing concern with personal identity, shifts in the interests of major thinkers, a decline in confidence about the future, and a heightening of anxiety." "Exploring the fluctuating and sometimes contradictory atmosphere in which Renaissance artists and thinkers operated, Bouwsma shows how the very liberation from old boundaries and modes of expression that characterised the Renaissance itself became increasingly stifling and destructive. By drawing attention to the waning of the Renaissance culture of freedom and creativity, Bouwsma offers a wholly new and intriguing interpretation of the place of the European Renaissance in modern culture."--Jacket
Venice and the defense of republican liberty; Renaissance values in the age of the Counter Reformation by William J Bouwsma( Book )

36 editions published between 1968 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A usable past : essays in European cultural history by William J Bouwsma( Book )

12 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays assembled here represent forty years of reflection about the European cultural past by an eminent historian. The volume concentrates on the Renaissance and Reformation, while providing a lens through which to view problems of perennial interest. A Usable Past is a book of unusual scope, touching on such topics as political thought and historiography, metaphysical and practical conceptions of order, the relevance of Renaissance humanism to Protestant thought, the secularization of European culture, the contributions of particular professional groups to European civilization, and the teaching of history. The essays in "A Usable Past" are unified by a set of common concerns. William Bouwsma has always resisted the pretensions to science that have shaped much recent historical scholarship and made the work of historians increasingly specialized and inaccessible to lay readers. Following Friedrich Nietzsche, he argues that since history is a kind of public utility, historical research should contribute to the self-understanding of society
After the Reformation : essays in honor of J.H. Hexter( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concordia mundi : the career and thought of Guillaume Postel, 1510-1581 by William J Bouwsma( Book )

23 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The interpretation of Renaissance humanism by William J Bouwsma( Book )

10 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The culture of Renaissance humanism by William J Bouwsma( Book )

10 editions published between 1959 and 1973 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Experience of inflation : international and comparative studies( Book )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The interpretation of Renaissance humanism by William J Bouwsma( Book )

6 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Calvinism as Theologia rhetorica : protocol of the fifty-fourth colloquy, 28 September 1986 by William J Bouwsma( Book )

7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Erfahrung der Inflation im internationalen Zusammenhang und Vergleich by Gerald D Feldman( Book )

10 editions published in 1984 in 4 languages and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture, society and religion in early modern Europe : essays by the students and colleagues of William J. Bouwsma( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Secularization of society in the seventeenth century by William J Bouwsma( Book )

6 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sixteenth-century portrait by William J Bouwsma( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The quest for the historical Calvin by William J Bouwsma( Book )

2 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A usable past essays in European cultural history by William J Bouwsma( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Rezension von:] Rice, Eugene F.: Saint Jerome in the Renaissance. - London, 1985 by William J Bouwsma( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two faces of humanism. Stoicism and augustinianism in renaissance thought by William J Bouwsma( )

in Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Bouwsma, W.J. 1923-

Bouwsma, William J.

Bouwsma, William J. 1923-

Bouwsma, William J. 1923-2004

Bouwsma, William J. (William James), 1923-

Bouwsma , William James

Bouwsma, William James 1923-

Bouwsma, William James 1923-2004

William J. Bouwsma Amerikaans historicus (1923-2004)

William J. Bouwsma US-amerikanischer Historiker und Hochschullehrer

William James Bouwsma

バウズマ, ウィリアム・J.

ブースマ, ウィリアム・J.

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The waning of the Renaissance, 1550-1640Venice and the defense of republican liberty; Renaissance values in the age of the Counter ReformationA usable past : essays in European cultural historyA sixteenth-century portrait