Introduction: Arts, History and Social Change
- In what ways the analysis of the arts help us explain historical change in the early modern period?
- Are artistic objects less reliable than written documents as source of information for historians?
- “Historians and art historians belong to two entirely different traditions of intellectual enquiry”. Discuss
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