Human Legacy Course/Renaissance & Reformation (1300 - 1650)

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Major changes in Europe caused the medieval period to give way to a new period. As trade with the East increased, Europeans rediscovered the classical knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome. This knowledge led to a period of creativity and learning called the Renaissance. A new focus on the individual emerged, contributing to new ideas about religion. These ideas caused a struggle in Christianity, known as the Reformation.

The migration of people and the diffusion of ideas have encouraged the development of a more global culture. This week, you will read about the diffusions of ideas that changed the cultural and religious lives of Europeans after the Middle Ages.

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