Education And Gender Roles Are Direct Causes For The Renaissance

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Education and Gender Roles are Direct Causes for the Renaissance. Throughout the Fourteenth and into the Fifteenth Century, there were a number of tragic events that directly caused the need for a revitalization of society. This revitalization was needed to restore hope to the people that were living each day for survival. Some of these events were the destabilization of the Catholic Church with the relocation of the papacy from Rome to Avignon. This would soon be followed by the Black Death and its mammoth death toll that lead to the reduction of work forces and uprisings of peasants. At the same time, England and France were fighting a series of wars that would later be deem The Hundred Years’ War, and this battle would add to a western mindset that was being cultivated to expect death, destruction, violence, sickness, and poverty. In the midst of this depressing and violent society, Italy and more specifically Florence saw a need for change and a need to work towards the elevation of society, the creation of a new society, and a new mindset to bring about a more civil and cultured society. This lead to a new philosophy called Humanism and this Humanistic evolution of the educational system involved a total reconstruction of the university curriculum, as well as the implementation of the ideal gender roles from the past. In the beginning of this new society there was a great admiration for classical Roman culture, and this was the model being used with a great…
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