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- The Renaissance and Reformation era brought major changes beyond those in the intellectual and religious life of Western Civilization; overseas exploration and a new type of scientific activity based, not on pure logic, but on observation, shifted the paradigm of how western populations viewed the universe and their place in the world. This week we will explore how overseas expansion and experimental science changed the economic and psychological foundations of Western Civilization, leading the way into the modern era.
- Chapter #16 (457-488)
- Chapter #17 (Parts of, 500-511)
- Discussion #15: In what ways did the new science of Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo challenge not only the Aristotelian cosmos–foundation of all medieval science–but also the claims of the church?
- Discussion #16: How did Versailles symbolize the authority of the French king and how did the Louis XIV use Versailles as a way to establish and maintain power?
- During the sixteenth century, Europe experienced rapid and profound changes in its religious life as a result of the Protestant Reformation. This upheaval against the Roman Catholic Church challenged the very foundation of a society that had already been turned topsy-turvy by the unrest of the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance revival of classical culture. This week we will explore the causes, course, and consequences of the Protestant Reformation, from its origins in Germany to its expansion throughout Europe, as well as the Catholic Reformation that followed. As we will discover, this religious revolution also impacted political, social, intellectual, and cultural life.
Instructor: Jonathan W. Hebertson, Ph.D., History, Arizona State University
Civilization in the West – Primary Source Edition. Kishlansky, Mark/Geary, Patrick/O’Brien, Patricia. Longman. 7th edition.