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The Exchange of Ideas

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Krystle Lavertu

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The Exchange of Ideas
Science: A New Way of Seeing
The Scientific Method
Technological advances
Political and Religious Leadership:
Born into leadership
The Scientific Ruler
Machiavelli's Book The Prince
Changing Leadership in the Church
Martin Luther
Protestant Reformation
Catholic Counter-Reformation
The Spread of Ideas:
Gathering great minds
Travelling Celebrities
Royal Courts
The Printing Press: A New Technology
The spread of knowledge

Your Assignment!
Become a Renaissance Expert!
Your Task:
1. Sign up for a topic
2. Research thoroughly your topic
3. Prepare a presentation of your topic
4. Present your findings to the class in a media format of your choice!
The Exchange of Ideas
Chapter Focus:
How did the Renaissance spark the growth and exchange of ideas across Europe?
Today's Plan:
Introduction to The Exchange of Ideas
Quick Overview of the chapter
Your task
Wrap Up
Introduction to "The Exchange of New Ideas"
As we have been learning, the Renaissance was a time when many great thinkers, scholars, and philosophers looked to the Classical writings of the Greeks and the Romans to gain a new perspective of their ideas and thoughts of the human condition.

Classical Influences
Prior to the Renaissance, most Europeans believed that preparing for the afterlife was more important than worrying about daily life in this world.

However, the Renaissance encouraged people to look at the Greeks and Romans, (and even the Jewish and Islamic cultures) which suggested that life on earth during a persons lifetime had value.
What have we been learning about the Renaissance thus far?

What assignments/ activities have we been working on?
Rebirth of Ideas:
This led to a new type of thinking, called Humanism.

This movement began mostly in the Northern parts of Italy, but soon spread across all of Europe.

Humanism focused on the individual- their values, abilities, and worth, that could be used to improve society as a whole.

As Humanist ideas spread, it began to affect the whole of society through its views on society, politics, history, religion, education, the sciences, and the arts
Science: A New Way of Seeing
At the beginning of the Renaissance, what most Europeans knew about the Sciences came from Classical or Islamic civilizations

Europeans that did study the sciences were encouraged not to ask questions, study anything in the natural world, or do any hands-on experimenting.

Attitudes towards science changed during the Renaissance. More texts were made available and there was a new found importance placed on human beings which encouraged people to question and experiment
In previous chapters, you have read about the power struggles and wars within the Italian city-states.

Merchants, bankers, and humanist thinkers came to beleive that strong leadership was the solution as they would bring the peace and stability that would allow business and the arts to prosper.

But who would these leaders be? Those born to power and privilege? The scientific ruler? The Church who believed they were responsible for more than just relgion?
The Spread of Ideas:
You have probably heard that we live in an "information age" where information is communicated in many different ways.

The Renaissance was also an information age in that there were so many new ideas and so much new knowledge.
The Renaissance began in Italy, but it spread throughout Europe and later to the Americas. However, spreading ideas and information 500 years ago was very different from how we do it today. During the Renaissance, information was still largely spread by word of mouth.
Each presentation must have:
a detailed explanation of the topic you have chosen
an overview of the time period you are working within
an explanation of its impact/effect to the growth and exchange of ideas across Europe during the Renaissance
Citations (list the websites, books, notes you have used in your research)
a 5 minute visual/text presentation ready to present to the class!
Wrap Up:
Today we have done a brief overview of Exchanging Ideas in the Renaissance.

Our focus for today and for the next couple of weeks will be at asking ourselves "How did the Renaissance spark the growth and exchange of ideas across Europe?" You will be investigating this question through your research and organization of your findings.

For the next few classes, we will be working on our new assignment in the computer lab.
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