The Renaissance was the period of rebirth in Europe. The affects of Greek and China ideas on the Renaissaince.

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Xayasith Kayavong

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This was my final exam paper for my global cultures class.


What is Renaissance? Renaissance is the French word for rebirth, it perfectly describes the intellectual and economic changes that occurred in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. It was a time of growth and prosperity. The Renaissance brought about the rediscovery of the Greek classics, curiosity and objectivity about the world, and the assertion of the importance of individualism which lead to humanism, the study of man in terms of a non-religious man. These are a few examples of the characteristics of the Renaissance. During the Renaissance, Europe emerged from the economic stagnation of the Middle Ages and experienced time of financial growth. Also, and perhaps most importantly, the Renaissance was an age in which artistic, social, scientific, and political thought turned in new directions. There will be a discussion about the Renaissance along with three examples of its significance, how classical Greek was related, and how China was related to the Renaissance.


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