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The International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance (IBHR) is the international reference bibliography of academic publications on the Renaissance and the early modern period.
The core of the Bibliography focuses on European history and culture that spans the 16th and 17th centuries, and encompasses a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from religious history through to philosophy, science and the arts; and from military and political history through to social and gender studies. Both the geographical and the chronological delimitations are not restrictive as the IBHR also includes publications on the European interactions with the wider world through exploration, colonisation, slavery and the Christian mission and extends its coverage to the modern period with the inclusion of modern hermeneutics, reception studies and the 21st c. teaching of texts written in the target period.
The IBHR follows the principles of the International Medieval Bibliography, the flagship of the Brepols’ databases. It provides a bilingual (French and English) keyword thesaurus and aims at providing in-depth and detailed indexing. However, this is not the case for the pre-1998 records, which follow a rather schematic indexing rationale. In those cases, users are encouraged to make use of the title field to search for relevant publications, as the keyword searches will not yield the required results. The official languages of the Bibliography are English, French, German, Spanish and Italian; the titles of publications written in all other languages are followed by a translation in one of the IBHR official languages, so that the end-user can fully utilize the search results.
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