Science, Religion, Politics And The Arts Of Modern Europe

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Science, Religion, Politics and the Arts of Modern Europe In early modern European society, many factors induced the rise of the middle class. Aside from the trade markets and early industrialism, quickly changing thoughts regarding science, God, man and the cosmos propelled political philosophies into uncharted territories. Modern thinking led to the philosophical writings which helped usher in the acceptance of these thoughts to much of society. Science and religion were the hinges to the new political environment; all of these changes in society greatly affected the many works of painters, sculptors, novelists, poets, musicians, film makers and architects. This period was one of great instability and monumental changes within attitudes of politics and the common man’s role in the universe. The rise of the middle class started from capitalism beginnings during the exploration and trade start up throughout Europe. Merchants steadily increased income, providing for more power in communities. This moved much of what was known as the peasant class to a middle class. The industrial revolution also contributed to the middle class surge in Europe. “The growth of businesses and of government activities increased the need for professional people, and relevant educational opportunities expanded sometimes faster still” (Stearns, 116). In some of Europe, the middle class were known as the bourgeois. These were the leaders of companies, as well as some of the workforce within the

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