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The Renaissance Period
A look at the Renaissance era and the events that occured at this time.
# 36094 | 900 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in Art (History) , History (European)

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This paper explores the Renaissance era, from 1350 through 1700. The paper discusses Renaissance philosophy, art and science and technology. The paper also looks at religious beliefs and developments in warfare and commerce.

Dominant Strands of Renaissance Philosophy
Renaissance Science and Technology
Religion, Study of Theories of the Renaissance and Reformation

From the Paper:

"Renaissance literally "rebirth," the period in European civilization immediately following the Middle Ages, conventionally held to have been characterized by a surge of interest in classical learning and values. The Renaissance also witnessed the discovery and exploration of new continents, the substitution of the Copernican for the Ptolemaic system of astronomy, the decline of the feudal system and the growth of commerce, and the invention or application of such potentially powerful innovations as paper, printing, the mariner's compass, and gunpowder. To the scholars and thinkers of the day, however, it was primarily a time of the revival of classical learning and wisdom after a long period of cultural decline and stagnation.
"The term Middle Ages was coined by scholars in the 15th century to designate the interval between the downfall of the classical world of Greece and Rome and its rediscovery at the beginning of their own century, a revival in which they felt they were participating. Indeed, the notion of a long period of cultural darkness had been expressed by Petrarch even earlier. Events at the end of the Middle Ages, particularly beginning in the 12th century, set in motion a series of social, political, and intellectual transformations that culminated in the Renaissance. These included the increasing failure of the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Empire to provide a stable and unifying framework for the organization of spiritual and material life, the rise in importance of city-states and national monarchies, the development of national languages, and the breakup of the old feudal structures."

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