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Lecture Outline: What were the origins of the Renaissance?

The Renaissance I. Cultural “Rebirth” or “Revival” in Europe ◦ 1400 – 1700 AD ◦ End of Medieval Period, beginning of Early Modern Era Origins I. Breakdown of Medieval Society ◦ Climate Change and Famine ◦ War and New Weapons ◦ The Black Death ◦ Peasant Revolts

II. Revival of Classical Learning

III. Italian City-States

Important Concepts/Ideas I. Patrons

II. Humanism

Summary: