The Social Revolution of 17th Century Europe
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This paper examines the social upheaval throughout Europe during the 17th century due to the Thirty Years' War, the plague, the Reformation and climate change. These massive stresses in the existing social structure, the author suggests, are the driving forces that led to the beginning of the rigidly hierarchical, aristocratic monarchies of Europe losing economic and political control. The paper relates that the rise of manufacturing and the weakening of the power of the church allowed the rise of a new middle class.
From the Paper:"The revival of classical education also served to feed social upheaval. Beginning with the early Renaissance, wealthy patrons such as the Medici paid scholarly researchers to search out the remaining manuscripts of classical writers such as Tacitus, Ovid and Justin. They paid for the search, and also paid for the copying and circulation of these works. The classical writings opened up a much broader world of thought than had been sanctioned by the church. By the 1600s, these texts were freely circulated and studied in the best universities of Europe."
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- Elliott, J.H. (Feb., 1969) Revolution and Continuity in Early Modern Europe: Past & Present, No. 42, pp. 35-56. Oxford University Press on behalf of The Past and Present Society. Web. Accessed: 08/07/2010 http://www.jstor.org/stable/650181
- What started the Protestant Reformation? (1521) The Passional of Christ and Antichrist. Web. Sourced 8 July 2010: http://www.everythingimportant.org/theReformation/
- Statute of Laborers Act. Spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk. Web. Sourced 8 July 2010:http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/YALDstatute.htm
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