The Renaissance: Was it a Thing? – Crash Course World History #22

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In which John Green teaches you about the European Renaissance. European learning changed the world in the 15th and 16th century, but was it a cultural revolution, or an evolution? We’d argue that any cultural shift that occurs over a couple of hundred years isn’t too overwhelming to the people who live through it. In retrospect though, the cultural bloom in Europe during this time was pretty impressive. In addition to investigating what caused the Renaissance and who benefitted from the changes that occurred, John will tell you just how the Ninja Turtles got mixed up in all this.

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  1. You should also include, Indian Subcontinent's to contribution european renaissances. Arab trades were translating Sanskrit works to Persian & then translated to Latin & Greek. This Indian knowledge of Mathematics, Medicine, Astronomy & Philosophy etc. lead to renaissance in Europe

  2. Splinter was also a Sensei to the turtles, arch enemy and master adversary of Shredder "Destroy Them!" Oroku Saki and Krrang…Cowabun… ok, I'm shutting up!

  3. Renaissance era is like when future humans discovered a harry potter book they will tell that during 21st century was the Magic era.

  4. John I would have to disagree with you on the "Richest of the rich" thing. What mainly defined renaissance ENGLAND was the writing of the Jacobeans (Thomas Middleton and Ben Jonson etc), Thomas Moore and Christopher Marlowe which all directly influenced Shakespeare, the objectively greatest playwright of all time. What was so great about this explosion of plays and music was that the largely uneducated middle and lower classes were able to enjoy entertainment for the first time on a large scale. So in many ways the literary and theatrical renaissance helped to minutely close the gap between rich and poor (in 16th century England).

  5. I want to work for you. Understanding and relaying historical fact feels like the greatest calling a person can have.

  6. I didn’t know he’d be that dumb to say that they were religious because they painted the Madonna. Who payed them? The church. 🤦‍♂️

  7. Is he the JOHN GREEN??
    Is he THE AUTHOR??
    If he is, well I didn't know he actually taught at crash course.

  8. The rennaissance and later are all called, ecclesiastically, "the age of discovery." It started in 1486.

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