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Western Europe CCOT

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Amanda Wise

on 11 February 2013

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Transcript of Western Europe CCOT

Change and Continuation
Over Time Western Europe
600-1450 Continuities The Conclusion One aspect of Western Europe that changed was the economy. In 600, the Church collected taxes which meant that no outside trade was occurring. This eventually changed by 1450 when Europe's economy depended on trade with the rest of the world. While goods were being exchanged, technological ideas were being shared as well. During the Dark Ages, there were little to no technological advancements being made. In 1450, printing techniques, advanced medicine, and military technologies were being shared from Western Europe to China to the Muslim World. The diffusion of all of these technologies created a thriving economy with the outside world and caused people to become interested in making and expanding on developments. These desires became the basis of the Renaissance, a time period that changed not only Europe but the whole world. Along with this drastic change in Europe, the people maintained their religious values which caused intellectual constants. A major continuity from 600- 1450 CE in Western Europe was the fact that Catholicism remained the basis of intellectual developments, creations, and advancements. Anything that the Europeans did could be traced back to their strong belief in Catholicism. In 600, people turned to the Catholic Church for hope because the Bubonic Plague had taken away everything they had ever known. While people were struggling to have a sense of stability, the Church created Feudalism which was a way of managing Europe. This is intellectual because the Church encouraged the idea of Feudalism, which the people blindly thought would be successful in the long run. In 1450, the want to spread Catholicism caused advancements in printing which allowed the beliefs to be spread widely. The popularity of Catholicism also led to different branches of Christianity to be created. Martin Luther was able to create the idea of the Lutheran religion by using the idea of Catholicism as its basis. Catholicism also helped to maintain the belief that the Pope was the prime ruler of all, which displeased many due to its close relations to theocracy. Overall, Catholicism remained the most vital part of Europe despite the changes that occurred. From 600-1450, Europe underwent many drastic changes. One change was that Western Europe's economy went from being dependent on taxes to being a major center of trade in the Eastern world. A second change was that technology went from being non existent to thriving during the Renaissance. Despite the changes going on, Catholicism kept its place as the root of all European ideas. Europe was able to make it through the Dark Ages and change the world we know today while keeping aspects from its past. INTRO Changes The Beginning
(600) By Amanda Wise From 600- 1450 CE, Western Europe transitioned from the Dark Ages to the vibrant Renaissance. During this period of time, there were changes economically and technologically. In Medieval Times, the European economy depended on taxes collected by the Catholic Church and no new advancements in technology were being made. Once out of the Dark Ages, the basis of Europe's economy became outside trade and technology thrived. While these changes were happening, Catholicism remained as the foundation of Europe's intellectual progress. Catholicism was the basis of European knowledge and religious teachings through both time periods. In 600 CE, Western Europe was plagued by the Black Death. This epidemic decreased the European population greatly which caused a lack of creativity and advancements at the time. Due to the low population the only social classes were the very powerful or the extremely weak, no in between was existent. The citizens with power took over to make Feudalism the basis of all society and politics at the time. Popes began a reform movement while Catholicism maintained organization during these dark times. While people were in a fight for rule and power, barely any advancements were made intellectually and technologically. The Church was in charge Europe's economy because it collected the majority of the civilization's taxes. Despite the harsh conditions that Europe was going through, change was soon to come which made Europe an area of revolutionary changes.
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