Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chapter 13, Part I: The Italian Renaissance

Terms to Outline:

Meaning of the word "Renaissance"
secular spirit 

Questions to Consider:

  • Why did the Renaissance originate in Italy?
  • What competitions existed as to who governed in the Italian city-states?
    • How did rule become despotic by 1300?
  • How did the Italian city states maintain a balance of power?  Why was this important? 
  • How were individualism, humanism, and the secular spirit considered new ways of thinking?
  • Name some examples of humanist thinkers.  Why were their ideas considered new?
  • Does religion exist concurrently with these new beliefs?  How?
  • Why might the classical subjects revived by the Renaissance have declined in importance during the Medieval era?

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